The Oceanogràfic launches the activity "Penguin Encounter"

Aug 27, 2010

The Oceanogràfic launches the activity As of next Wednesday, September 1st, the Oceanogràfic of the City of Arts and Sciences is including a new activity in its programme: "Penguin Encounter". This initiative will enable visitors to discover the secrets of Humboldt penguins (Spheniscus humboldti) in their own area, feeding them and learning about this species’ characteristics.

With the help of the keepers, participants will get to know some of the peculiarities of this animal, which can be seen in one of the pools of the upper floor of the Temperate Tower. They can even pay a visit to the bird hatchery and rearing area, where some chicks are hand-reared before being transferred to the exhibition area.

Humboldt penguins live on the coasts of Chile and Peru. They usually measure between 65 and 72 centimetres and weigh between 3 and 5 kilograms. They are characteristic for being gregarious animals, living in groups, and by virtue of being very good swimmers, as they can reach up to 40 kilometres per hour. The diet of this species consists mainly of fish, squid and other small marine animals.

"Penguin Encounter" will be held every day at 3:15 p.m. and in groups of 10 people maximum and 6 minimum. For more information about the activity, please call 902 100 031.

"Nights in the Oceanogràfic" and "Among Dinosaurs” until midnight

Furthermore, visitors who come to the City of Arts and Sciences until 31st August can enjoy "Nights in the Oceanogràfic" and "Among Dinosaurs” until midnight.

The former lets you get to know the facilities of the marine complex outside its usual hours, and to attend the nightly shows at the Dolphinarium, which this year has a new multimedia show that traces the history of the Mediterranean, where music and images are combined with these cetacean’s routines.

The latter is a visit to the largest exhibition of robotic dinosaurs in Europe. This is located in the Umbracle (promenade and car park) and since its opening to the public last July 15th it has received over 100,000 visits.

The exhibition, which covers an area of 3,000 square meters, reveals spectacular dinosaurs of the Jurassic and Cretaceous with a total of 26 natural-looking robots capable of performing a great variety of movements and sounds that will surprise the visitor. The display ranges from the Stegosaurus’ 2.5 metres to the Diplodocus’ 27 metres in length, and includes a replica of a Tyrannosaurus Rex measuring 14 metres.