June is one of the best months to visit Vladivostok again! Great weather -not too cold not too hot- with sunny and foggy days. Perfect if you want to enjoy some activities and visit different places. On this trip, we visit the Primorskiy Oceanarium on Russky Island, just 35 minutes from the city center, a great place for an adventure!
The Primorsky Aquarium is situated on the coast of the Sea of Japan on Russky Island. This is one of the three largest aquariums in the world. It was built at the order of the President of the Russian Federation and officially opened on September 3, 2016, by Vladimir Putin, the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and the president of the Republic of Korea Park Geun-Hye.
These three country leaders are considered to be the first visitors to this spot. The Aquarium became a National Scientific Center of Marine Biology, the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (NSCMB FEB RAS), the first Aquarium in Russia included into the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The Primorsky Aquarium, being the 3rd largest in the world has total space exceeding 37,000 m2. About five football pitches could place in the Aquarium’s building designed to resemble a slightly open mollusk shell. A left side wing of the building houses the main tank a 70-meter underwater tunnel; a dolphinarium with an aquatic arena and 800-seat viewing stands occupies the right side wing. 135 tanks of the Aquarium’s nine permanent exhibits hold 15,000 m3 of water. Some tanks due to their enormousness had to be installed before the Aquarium building’s roof and some walls were erected.
The location is the home for representatives of all oceans and the climatic zones of the earth. They are kept in quarantine in the Scientific-and-Adaptation building’s tanks before moving into the Aquarium’s exhibits. Scientists have the opportunity to carry out their research on the spot, without being in long-term expeditions.
In the Aquarium, there are five research and two production laboratories;
- Laboratories for schoolchildren that afford ground for fundamental and applied research, and educational activities.
- The centerpiece of the Oceanarium is the 800-seat Dolphinarium where various sea mammals perform.
Every day divers feed skates and dance waltz with them. You can watch a performance of bottle-nose dolphins Sam and Emmy who love singing, jumping, dancing and catching rings. If you like synchronous swimming you will be glad to enjoy the show by belugas Nil and Ler who can dance the waltz, play with balls, give a high-five and do other interesting tricks.
The Sea Lion Aik growls, break dances, stands on flippers, plays basketball and does many other unusual things. He is the loudest artist. The walrus Misha is well-known among the viewers. He is a sportsman, can do sit-ups and push-ups, and he likes sending air kisses to the audience.
10 Facts about Primorsky Aquarium
- Has a shape of a slightly open white mollusk shell.
- Is called the “pearl of Primorsky region and Russia” and “the largest pearl of the world”
- The general water volume is 25 000 tons.
- The total area of the building is 37 000 m 2.
- Comprises over 500 animal species from around the world
- The left wing has the main reservoir with the underwater tunnel for visitors 70 meters
- lengthwise and 2.5 meters width-wise
- There are 146 tanks and 6 pools with acrylic windows; There are the Rain Forest exhibit and a 16-meter waterfall. – you can watch the sea creatures in the water through the windows.
- Hundreds of blossom flowers, palm trees, and bananas
- There are scores of tanks with fish from the Amazon river, including predatory Piranhas.
The Primorsky Aquarium Activities
- Tours of exhibits
- Show in the Dolphinarium for visitors
- Classes for students and schoolchildren and lectures
- Festivals of science and charity events.
- And special classes for disabled children allowing them to meet with the inhabitants of the Aquarium.
- Take a city bus numbered 15, 63, 74, 76, or 77 to the last stop “Oceanarium” on Russian Island. Exiting the bus, and pass through a checkpoint and present your ticket.
- Having passed through the checkpoint, you can use the free shuttle bus that takes you to the exposition building. The bus runs every 15 minutes. If you like walking, the road from the entrance to the Oceanarium takes approximately 10 minutes. Your choice!
- You can purchased the tickets only at the Oceanarium. Cost of an adult ticket is 700-800 rubles (weekdays), 900-1000 rubles (weekend). Cost of child ticket is 700-800 rubles (weekdays), 900-1000 rubles (weekend and public holidays). Children under 7 years of age are free of charge (valid ID required).
- Working hours are from 10:00 to 20:00. Visitors’ admission to the area stops at 6:15 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Wednesdays are reserved for school groups (except for the summer period: from June 1st to August 31st Primorsky Aquarium is open on Wednesdays for all visitors).