Today, I would like to take you back to Valencia. El Oceanografico is part of the architecture-wise very cool Ciudad de las artes y ciencias in Valencia.
It’s a marine park, the largest of its type in Europe. It has 45000 animals of 500 different species, from fish to mammals to birds to reptiles. I am usually not the typical aquarium-goer, but this is something else and I strongly recommend a visit!
The park is divided into different marine areas representing the Mediterranean, the Arctic, the tropical seas, the temperate seas and the Red Sea. There is a dolphinarium, there are seals, whales, penguins, sharks, walruses and well…lots of fish!
The sea water is taken from the urban beach La Malvarrosa in Valencia. And there’s lots of it… The Oceanografico has a water capacity of 42 million litres, and the dolphins have 24 of those 42 to play in.
You must make sure to see a dolphin show! Whenever I am close to dolphins I turn into a five year old and am completely enchanted. I think they are just so utterly beautiful!
The auditorium has a huge Red Sea aquarium, I wouldn’t mind having one of these myself! So relaxing.
The seals are also totally adorable. Just look how cosy they are!
Notice the 'couple' in the front. They take turns at cuddling!
In the 30 meter long tunnel you get a nice underwater view to many species found in the open sea. Look at this funny guy!
And of course there are sharks! The biggest one, 302 cm long.
It is cool, no doubt about it. They offer some fun activities in el Oceanografico, two of them in this tunnel. Dive intothe tunnel if you dare, or spend the night in the tunnel, on the dry side of it.
Have you ever been to el Oceanografico? Do you like aquariums?
Are you as crazy about Dolphins as me?