Friday, June 29, 2012

El Oceanografico, in Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias

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! 

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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?


8 comments:

  1. Dette så jo helt fantastisk ut! Du tar vireklig flotte bilder:-) Også godt at vi fikk oppklart mysteriet med Blindtarmen, he he...

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    1. Tusen takk! Ja det var jamme godt å få oppklart mysteriet med Blindtarmen ;)

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  2. Er generelt veldig nyskjerrig på Valencia, hva byen har å by på..Er i Asia, nettet er tregt så jeg får ikke opp noe særlig med bilder her. Spent på om du har knipset havslanger. Er kjempefaschinert av slanger. Glad i delfiner og, har en tatovert på ryggen.

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    1. Jeg ble veldig imponert over Valencia, en nydelig by, folk var også mye hyggeligere der enn i Bcn. Jeg så ingen havslanger, men storkoste meg med delfinene :)

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  3. I love dolphins too! You know when I go back to Fiji, Patrick and I always make a trip out to this reef and spend a couple of hours playing and swimming with the dolphins :) Heaven! And the seals look adorable too!

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    1. I know.... And that is not quite the same as seeing them in a waterpark... :) I am so jealous! One day I want to go there too, it seems absolutely incredible!

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  4. Enchanting is exactly the word to describe the pictures. Such a unique venu and beautiful experience. Thank you for sharing :) I'm putting it on my list of Life-to-see's :)

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    1. :) thank you for stopping by and for your comment! Although it's "just" a waterpark, to me it was really beautiful and unique! <3

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