external links

The Mote Marine Aquarium

MediaDive: The Internet Underwater Experience

UK Diving

The Undersea Explorer

National Aquarium in Baltimore

Rodale's Scuba Diving

ScubaSource

Undercurrent

MysticAquarium

Cetacea

ZooWeb

Steinhart Aquarium

Aquatic Network

Lyme Regis Aquarium

Genoa Aquarium

Oz Reef Marine Park 

The Internet Divers Guide

ScubaDuba

Marine Mammal Stranding Centre 

Deep Diversions

Scuba Central

Dolphin Dreams

Click Here For Chirping Dolphins

Adventure Diving

Skin Diver On-line

Vancouver Aquarium

Bermuda Aquarium Natural History Museum, and Zoo

Sydney Aquarium

Sport Diver Magazine

Australian Museum Fish Site

Professional At Home Tooth Whitening System Professionals, movie stars and anyone who cares about the quality of their smile need to read further. 100% Guaranteed. Maximum Teeth Whitening (MTWT) delivers the exact same professional tooth whitening system (ingredients and methodology) dentists use for their patients who want the convenience and affordability of at home teeth whitening.

 

First published: October 2000

The Aquarium

by Michael Sones

Aquariums capture the creatures of the sea bringing us glimpses of an alien habitat. The oceans and sea  hold a fascination for us. [Click Here for Underwater Sounds] To be on a beach and watch the waves roll in pounding the surf as they have for countless millennia can induce a reflective state of mind. Is this fascination with the sea some kind of yearning for the home of our primeval origins? Does it have to do with the fact that for the first nine months we live surrounded by the water of the intrauterine sea? We let grains of sand slip through the fingers and reflect on the passage of time and our beginning and  our end.

Likewise what swims beneath the surface of the seas also fascinates, intrigues, amazes and frightens. A metaphor for the mind, its surface and its depths, both its beauty and its horror, the sea and its creatures exert a strong pull on the imagination.

Advertisement

The ancient Sumerians were among the first peoples to keep fish or other marine animals in tanks and this was over 4500 years ago.  The Assyrians, Chinese, and ancient Egyptians also kept fish in ponds. The Romans had elaborate gardens and constructed ponds in which to keep fish to both watch them and fatten them. Cortes, the Spanish conqueror of the Aztecs, describes the beautiful pleasure garden of an noble in which there was a man-made fish pond with many different fish and wildfowl.

The first modern aquarium dates from the middle of the nineteenth century and was built in the London Zoological Gardens. Many other European cities subsequently built them.

The first oceanarium, Marineland, opened in Florida in 1938 and since then many large public aquariums have been opened throughout the world both for the education and entertainment of the public and as research institutes.

The denizens of the deep are, if not tamed, safe behind the glass where we can admire their beauty, speed, and ferocity. Here Nature is controlled and our anxieties about what lurks beneath the surface held in check.

Moray eel with teeth

beautyworlds recommends the following books from www.amazon.com

Top

forum

Beautyworlds.com has brand new forum and chat facilities. Find out what others around the globe think about beauty in cultures past and present here.

advertisements


3D Hairstyle Makeover Software - Click to Try

beautyworlds.com featured book

all featured books have been read by a member of the beautyworlds.com team

Awakening BeautyAnthony Napoleon, the author of Awakening Beauty: An Illustrated Look at Mankind's Love and Hatred of Beauty, is a psychologist who has spent many years studying beauty and its impact upon both individuals and society. He has worked with both cosmetic surgery patients and beauty pageant contestants as well as conducting original research into the field. Awakening Beauty is an unprecedented exposé on the subject of beauty. It is both entertaining and thought provoking, a combination that is as unique as it is telling about the author's approach to the subject of this book. The reader is taken backstage into the worlds of beauty pageants, plastic surgery, trophy wives, murderous rage, wardrobe, makeup, Bill Clinton, the events of September Eleven and other provocative topics where beauty has had its effect. Awakening Beauty invites the reader into a world that is as interesting as it is frightening. Readers are transformed as the author shepherds them from their world into his unique perspective and expertise on beauty. Awakening Beauty includes over one hundred tantalizing photographs and illustrations. Awakening Beauty is a compendium of some of the most interesting facts in print. The subject matter of the book along with the author's unique approach to it makes this book a "must read." Get ready to re-think everything you thought you knew about beautiful women and physical attractiveness.

translate this site

Beauty Coupons

Luisa New York-Handmade Soap and Aromatherapy

Best Los Angeles Hair Makeovers

Diamond Jewelry

Beauty Schools Directory

Makeup Talk

Columbia House DVD Club

A World of Perfumes and Cosmetics

skin care cosmetics

Perfume-Net.com Discount Perfume Online Store

Natural Skin Care

Click Here To Use the World-First Face Shape Wizard For Free

Hair Styles, Cuts, and Do's For an unbelievable selection of hair styles at an incredibly low price visit: Hair Styles, Cuts, and Do's Our hair styles gallery contains 3,950 new hair styles, hair cuts, and hair dos for you to choose from. Each new hair styles photo is thumbnailed for fast and easy viewing. Hair Styles, Cuts, and Do's