Oceanário

Oceanário information

Location
Lisbon , Portugal
Address
Doca dos Olivais
More information
www.oceanario.pt
Prices
adult/child €14/9, including temporary exhibition €17/11
Opening hours
10am-8pm, to 7pm winter
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The closest you’ll get to scuba diving without a wetsuit, Lisbon’s Oceanário is mind-blowing. No amount of hyperbole, where 8000 marine creatures splash in 7 million litres of seawater, does it justice. Huge wrap-around tanks make you feel as if you are underwater, as you eyeball zebra sharks, honeycombed rays, gliding mantas and schools of neon fish.

Keep an eye out for oddities such as filigree sea dragons, big ocean sunfish, otherworldly jellyfish, frolicsome sea otters and squiggly garden eels. You’ll also want to see the re-created rainforest, Indo-Pacific coral reef and Magellan penguins on ice. In light of the 2013 documentary Blackfish , entertainment aquariums have fallen out of favour, but for what it's worth, this conservation-oriented oceanarium offers no entertainment shows; it reproduces, as opposed to capturing, in the wild wherever possible and runs the largest environmental education program in Portugal.