Lisbon Oceanarium is a museum of marine biology located at Nations Park in Lisbon, Portugal, built as part of Expo 98.
This flag, designed by the American architect Peter Chermayeff, resembling a carrier and is installed on a pier surrounded by water. It is the second largest oceanarium in the world and contains an impressive collection of species - birds, mammals, fish and other marine life. The habitats chosen for its natural wealth in terms of fauna and flora, were as follows: Antarctic ocean, coral reef in the Indian Ocean, rocky shores of the Pacific Ocean coast and the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean.
The main attraction for most visitors is the large central tank, where there several fish species such as sharks, barracudas, rays, tuna and small tropical fish. Although she wants to be a representation of the open ocean, has been criticized by many scientists that add little related species in the same space. However, the Lisbon Oceanarium is home to over 16,000 animals and plants from over 450 distinct species.
The chosen mascot of the Lisbon Oceanarium is the puppet Vasco (with the motto: Vasco is cool!), In reference to the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama. Vasco is in two places to welcome visitors and tourists, opposite the main entrance and the bay in front of the aquarium (port of Rio Tejo). On December 18, 2009 the Oceanarium reached 14 million visitors.
By Maria Morari
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