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Lisbon Oceanarium
The Oceanarium in Lisbon, Portugal (Portuguese: Oceanário de Lisboa, pron. IPA: [osiɐ'naɾiu dɨ liʒ'boɐ]) is an oceanarium dedicated to the ocean. It is located in the Parque das Nações, which was the exhibition grounds for the Expo 98. It is the second largest in the world and the largest in Europe.

The building is the work of the architectural firm Cambridge Seven Associates under the direction of Peter Chermayeff, resembling an Aircraft carrier, and is built in the pier of an internal sea. It is one of the largest aquariums in the world, and has a large collection of marine species — birds, mammals, fishes, cnidaria and other marine organisms. The building is a small ride from the heart of Lisbon and is a large tourist attraction.

In the centre of the building lays the key element of the exhibit: an impressive 1.000 m2 and 5.000 m3 tank with four massive 49 m2 (each!) acrylic windows on its sides. Smaller focus windows are strategically located around this tank, ensuring that the view to the Global Ocean is a constant component of the tour throughout the exhibit space. Its depth of 7 meters also creates a perfect opportunity for pelagic swimmers to swim far above the bottom dwellers, unfolding the illusion of the open ocean. The central tank houses sharks, rays and chimaeras. the bony fish housed in the main tank include various tuna, baracuda, groupers, moray and one of the main attraction- a large Sunfish. Lisbon oceanarium is one of the few aquariums in the world to house a sunfish due to their due to the unique and demanding requirements of their care. Despite its intention of representing the open ocean, it has been criticised by several scientists for grouping together species that would never meet in nature. Though it may not show the ecosystems as they are in nature it is home to over 16 000 animals and plants from over 450 distinct species. around the contral tanks- in the 4 towers of the building are '4 oceans'- the Antarctic, North atlantic, pacific and indian oceans with all their flora and fauna

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Nikon D40
2008/11/25 20:38:57.2
Compressed RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 55mm
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Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
30 sec - F/10
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Sensitivity: ISO 200
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Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Medium Low
Hue Adjustment: 0°
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Sharpening: High
Long Exposure NR: On
VR Control: Off
High ISO NR: Off

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