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A couple get comfortable as they sit to watch the fishes and sharks in the oceanarium at Lisbon, Portugal.
Although it may resemble a docked oil rig from the outside, Lisbon Oceanarium, it is inside where the attractions lay, in 30 tanks which mimic the habitats of the fish, mammals and fauna on show.
Situated in the Parque de Nactional, which was constructed for Expo '98.
From Oriente station the Oceanarium is a relatively short stroll along the landscaped promenade.
Inside the Oceanarium there are five main tanks and a further 25 smaller tanks with a wide variety of fish, mammals, crustaceans, jelly fish and fauna on display. The Oceanarium is centred around a 5,000 cubic metre tank which houses a mixture of tropical and temperate aquatic life including sharks, manta-rays, tuna and unusual looking sunfish.
A further four tanks representing the North Atlantic, Antarctic, Pacific and Indian oceans are positioned around the main tank. Interspersed there are a further 25 smaller tanks with unusual species including 'glow in the dark' deep water fish. Visitors will never cease to be amazed as they journey through Europe's largest Oceanarium. Inhabited by 16.000 animals and plants representing over 450 different species, the Oceanarium offers visitors a unique and enchanting experience. Four biotypes, each recreating one of the world�s coastal habitats, are located in the four corner towers which encircle the central aquarium. Together, they constitute a representative set of ocean environments.
In addition to the year round displays Lisbon Oceanarium also has a temporary exhibition which is separate and does have an additional entrance fee. At the date of writing (July 2011) is 'Sea Turtles - the Journey'.
The Lisbon Oceanarium was designed by architect Peter Chermayeff.
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January 29th, 2013
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