The sun fish Vasco da Gama
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July 5th, 2008 – by: Jeroenadmiraal
The Oceanarium of Lisbon is a big one, the second largest in the world! And it is located in the so called Nations Park, which was the exhibition ground of the Expo '98 World Exhibition. It is still called the Expo, to keep it simple. In this area there are all sorts of interesting sites, and feels completely separated from the rest of Lisbon.
There is an enormous shopping mall, the Vasco da Gama mall (I was quickly told that it is forbidden to photograph the interior of the mall, but I did it anyway, hehe). By the way, Portugal loves Vasco da Gama.
Once you enter the oceanarium, it is easy to see why it is the second largest of the world. There is basically an enormous tank in the middle of the cube-like building, and all the smaller aquariums are connected with it. Still, most schools of fish keep to their own parts and don't wander around. In the middle tank, various schools circle clockwise and counterclockwise past, every species has his own level, so to speak. But on top, there is the star of the show! An ocean sun fish (Mola mola)!
What a magnificent fish, this Mola mola! He is huuge, weighing many pounds, but somehow looks like he's missing his behind; like the tail is just chopped right off. Also, he has the most dumb expression you can image, with his big, glassy eyes and open mouth. Whahah! What a great fish! Definately the star of the oceanarium.
The Expo terrain is further adorned with all sorts of watery decorations, such as volcano fountains and artificial waterfalls. Very nice on a hot day!
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