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Europe's biggest water park begins new season

5 May 2009, Tuesday /TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES
Alanya's Sealanya Sea Park, the third-largest water park in the world and the biggest in Turkey and Europe, has launched its new season of activities and shows.
The park, which encompasses 54,000 square meters, hosts 15 pools amounting to roughly 30,000 square meters. These pools are home to 11 dolphins, three seals and four sharks in addition to hundreds of assorted fish species.

Sealanya's seals and seven of the dolphins perform shows twice daily at the water park. The 40-minute shows are popular, with visitors entertained by the antics and routines of the animals before getting the opportunity to take photos of the animals and their trainers after the performance.

Another opportunity offered by the Sealanya Sea Park are dolphin therapy sessions. Four of the dolphins, four trainers and four therapists run the sessions for autistic children at the park. The program includes 30-minute sessions for 10 days per child or group of children. Program proponents say the dolphin therapy gives a positive energy boost to the children and minimizes the negative effects of their disorders. Water park official Bülent Özsavaş, speaking to the Anatolia news agency about the new season, noted that there were two similar parks located in the US and one in Japan, but that Sealanya is unrivaled in Europe.

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