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Discover the Beauty of Our Charming Ocean Life At Lisbon Oceanarium
As the centerpiece and primary exhibition of this complex, there lies a grand 1,000 meter square tank filled with various marine animals. The tank is built with such height and design it resembles an open ocean, where the fishes can swim above or below the other species, in accordance with their respective zone depth or sea level. It contains about 100 species from all over the world, from the most common ones such as sharks, stingrays, groupers, and eels, to the rarer ones, such as the giant mola-mola or sunfish. In fact, the sun fish is the major attraction in this tank as they have such a unique requirement to maintain so there are only a few aquariums in the world that is able to house this majestic, docile creatures.
Placed around the main central tank, there are four large tanks that were built with different themes and characteristics. The four tanks consists of the ecosystems of the Temperate Pacific Kelp Forest, the Antartic Coastal Line, the Tropical Indian Coral Reefs, and the North Atlantic Rocky Coast. Each tanks displayed various organisms that were unique to each habitats. It is a good chance to learn about the diversity of our oceans and the lifeforms that reside in it.
The Lisbon Oceanarium also holds a temporary exhibition that varies from time to time. Currently, it showcases an exhibition called 'Forests Underwater by Takashi Amano'. In this exhibition, the artist tries to recreate the characteristics of a tropical rainforest using underwater plants, together with the related organisms such as fish. Onlookers will certainly feel captivated by the 'underwater gardening' that he did in a 40 meter long, U-shaped aquarium filled with freshwater. To enhance the experience, a soothing musical piece by Rodrigo Leao is added to accompany visitors while they are admiring the spectacle.
Every kid loves to see marine animals such as sharks and dolphins. To cater these little sightseers, Lisbon Oceanarium has provided several interesting attractions that will spark an interest to their minds. For example, there is a Concert for Babies sideshow, where singers will play a dreamlike music with underwater ambience to stimulate the kids' imagination. Another interesting show is Sleeping with Sharks, where the kids can spend a night sleeping next to the aquarium to observe and get familiar the famed predator from up close.
Our vast ocean is home to many terrestrial creatures and it is not limited to fishes and sea mammals only. There are other organisms that live by or inside the ocean, such as the sea snakes, seagulls, penguins, jellyfishes, various corals, algaes, and other terrestrial marine plants. The Lisbon Oceanarium houses a great number of them where they are displayed throughout several thematic aquariums scattered around the complex.
Lisbon Oceanarium also has freshwater species on their collections, such as the famed amphibious axolotl, tropical frogs, and salamanders. Visitors are able to observe these tiny little creatures in their natural habitat. Other collections include their newest addition, the cute sea otters named Eusebio and Amalia.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets to the Lisbon Oceanarium can be obtained from their admission booth. However, it is much advisable to buy the tickets online as it will save your precious time from the hassle of queueing.
How To Get Around?
All of the attractions inside the Lisbon Oceanarium can be reached on foot. The Oceanarium is also wheelchair-accessible and friendly to people with walking impairment.
What Should I Wear?
As there are no strict regulations regarding attire, you should be able to wear anything you are most comfortably in. You should probably bring a set of change clothes, just in case you get wet from the open attractions such as the sea otter and the likes.
Best Time to Visit
There has been no reports of the Lisbon Oceanarium being over-crowded. However, there are times when it was more crowded than the usual. The best time of the day to visit the Oceanarium is certainly in the morning, where there will be less people inside. During the winter is the best time of the year, as it is much quieter compared to the other seasons.
Will I Need a Guide?
The Oceanarium provided a guided tour for visitors to take at an extra cost. The tour itself is optional, but if you have a deep curiosity about the sea creatures and is passionate to learn more about them, it is a good idea to explore the complex while being accompanied by an expert who is familiar with the species, thus providing you with a better understanding and a more complete experience.
How To Get There?
There are plenty of ways to get to the Lisbon Oceanarium. You can take the underground metro using the Red Line, stopping at the Oriente (East) Station. The nearby bus stop, the Oriente (East) Station, has several bus routes available, which are bus number 5, 25, 28, 44, 708, 750, 759, 782, and 794. Alternatively, you can take a taxi to get there from the city center as the cost would still be relatively cheap and comparable to others.