This morning we decided to beat the heat by staying indoors. It’s supposed to hit over 90 degrees here today and we’re not used to climbing such steep hills in that kind of heat!
Here’s where we start off the day – this is the view from the breakfast terrace in our hotel! What a beautiful scene to look at while eating our cornflakes (yes, cornflakes really do exist over here)!
Then we headed to the Lisbon Oceanarium. It’s the biggest oceanarium in the world! We started in the temporary exhibit, called “Underwater Forests”. Doesn’t it look like a little forest? You can barely even tell it’s underwater if it weren’t for the fish!
Then it was off to the permanent exhibit. This is the main tank – it’s 2 stories tall and holds 5,000 cubic meters of water! For those of you who aren’t up on your metric volumes, that’s well over 1,300,000 gallons!
It is also one of the only tanks in the world where you can see this animal: a sunfish! They’re extremely difficult to care for so most places won’t even try. But there are 2 here in Lisbon! This is the bigger one, though he’s so tiny by sunfish standards; they can grow to be over 9 feet long and 4,000 pounds.
But they don’t only have fish – they focus on all kinds of life that can be found in and around the world’s oceans, including these sea otters.
And sea dragons! This was a brand new animal to my husband, who had never even heard of them before. He says they look like something out of a fantasy movie, which seems pretty accurate!
We found a French family right outside this exhibit and chatted with them for a little bit about the fish – they couldn’t find them at first. Can you? There are 3 (and a tail)!
What a perfect place to beat the heat of the day, huh?