L'Oceanogràfic is an oceanarium situated in the east of the city of Valencia, Spain, where different marine habitats are represented. It was designed by the architect Félix Candela and the structural engineers Alberto Domingo and Carlos Lázaro. It is integrated inside the cultural complex known as the Ciutat de les Arts i de les Ciències . It was opened on 14 February 2003.
The Oceanographic is the largest complex of its type in Europe with a surface of 110,000 square metres and a water capacity of 42,000,000 litres . This includes a 26,000,000-litre dolphinarium and a 7,000,000-litre ocean tank with sharks, rays and other fish. There are 45,000 animals of 500 different species including fish, mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates — amongst these are sharks, penguins, dolphins, sea lions, walruses, beluga whales, and more — all inhabiting nine underwater towers. Each tower is structured in two levels and represent the major ecosystems of the planet.
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