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Want to be inside a huge flock of bloodthirsty sharks? Then this is for you!

We invite you to visit our Oceanarium with your family, to watch the unique Shark FEEDING show.

Our improvised BATISCAF is a circular panoramic aquarium with a displacement of 20,000 liters with real black-feather reef sharks. Cat sharks are adjacent to them. You are immersed in the wonderful world of these prehistoric animals.

One step from the bright hall of our exhibition, and you are in the grip of depth, where there is dark light and sparkling water. Sharks confidently cut circles around you, as if around their prey. A bold hand reaches out to the aquarium, and a tidbit falls into the water. You tremble at the frantic work of thousands of teeth tearing food.


Twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday at 18:30 there are unique shows:

the show includes a full tour of the exhibition

Sale of tickets for the show begins at 17-30!

The presence of an entrance ticket to the exhibition is MANDATORY!

Oceanarium of St. Petersburg: tickets, how to get, working hours

Address: Marata street, 86, shopping center "Planet Neptune"

How to get there: The easiest way to get to the Oceanarium is from the Zvenigorodskaya metro station. Pushkinskaya station is also within walking distance, walk 10-15 minutes.
For those traveling by car: there is an underground parking lot in the Planet Neptune shopping mall. The first two hours on weekdays parking is free, then 100 rubles per hour. On weekends, parking is paid: the first three hours - 100 rubles, then every hour the same 100 rubles.

Phone for information: +7 812 448 00 77
Site: oceanarium.rf
Opening hours: from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., ticket offices are open until 19.15. The third Monday of every month is a sanitary day.

How long does it take: for adults, an hour will be enough, excluding watching shows of seals and stingrays, and children generally do not want to leave.

Ticket prices:
For adults, from September 1 to May 31 - 700 rubles, from June 1 to August 31 - 750 rubles.
For children from 7 years old, schoolchildren and full-time students, the period from September 1 to May 31 is 500 rubles, from June 1 to August 31 - 550 rubles.
There are various benefits for different categories of visitors. For example, children under 4 years old come free of charge at any time, retirees for 350, etc. For more information on discounts, promotions and benefits, see the website of the Oceanarium.
Important point: if you are applying for some kind of benefit, take with you a supporting document - a student ID, certificate, birth certificate, etc.

On the site you can buy electronic tickets. They are purchased as in a regular museum: you can come at any time and calmly inspect the aquariums in free order for any time. All shows - performances of seals, feeding of otters, stingrays and sharks - are already included in the price.

For people with disabilities there is all the necessary infrastructure. Bags can be left in the wardrobe. You can come to the Oceanarium with wheelchairs of any size. There is a changing table.

Safety precautions. You can’t climb into the aquarium with your hands, try to feed the fish, touch and generally tactilely interact with them, or throw foreign objects into the water.

Besides, forbidden to take pictures with flashwhat special signs warn about. However, even without a flash you will get good photos, since the lighting allows.

Who will be interested: small and adult children, just adults with children, as well as adults without children who just want to spend time in a cozy and beautiful environment and expand their horizons.

What to see in the Oceanarium

The oceanarium consists of several spacious rooms with aquariums, often of unusual shape, open pools with fish and slopes, a rookery of seals.

Here, 4,500 individuals were collected, which belong to 1,500 species of fish, turtles, crabs, sharks. All the inhabitants are caught specifically for the Oceanarium, with the least possible stress for them. Before settling on the exposition, they undergo a monthly quarantine, during which ichthyopathologists, that is, doctors who treat fish and other inhabitants of the World Ocean, observe them.

The vast majority of corals are artificial, because, firstly, natural corals are difficult to maintain, and secondly, their production harms the ecosystem of the ocean. Particular attention is paid to the cleanliness of water, aquariums, sand and other interior elements.
The menu of the inhabitants of the aquariums - frozen fish, squid, mussels and shrimp.

It is very pleasing that the Oceanarium is not just a certain set of aquariums and other containers, but a space designed in the same style and very logically built with various forms of exposure. The muffled light, soft reflection of the aquariums, overflows of rays refracted in the water give the impression that you are as if underwater, on the ocean floor, but in comfort and safety, and as a passenger of Captain Nemo’s ship, you can watch the unhurried life of sometimes bizarre locals. It is easy to fall into a light trance or meditation, looking at the smooth phlegmatic movements of fish, sharks and jellyfish. The latter, see the photo below, are incredibly beautiful.

The wide aquarium is made so that you can easily see the air bodies of jellyfish, their gracefully changing shapes, and playful lighting makes them shimmer with different colors.

A similar meditative force blows from a large panoramic aquarium, in front of which is located something like a tribune. You can sit and enjoy the harmony of the water world as much as you like, because no one is in a hurry.

True, we immediately make a reservation that on the weekends, as well as periods of school holidays, an incessant chorus of enthusiastic children's cries reigns here and in general can be cramped. We recommend you to come on weekdays in the morning, which we, for example, did.

The feature of the Oceanarium, which comes in second place after the shark feeding show, is the so-called tunnel aquarium, where you can move independently or while standing on a moving path, a travelator. Here is the whole construction below in the photo.

You slowly drive along the tunnel along the path, and a shark or a smaller fish swims right above you, but also beautiful.

On the left you can see the model of the sunken ship, and right on the course for their business somewhere moves a jamb of inhabitants of the seabed.

A visit to the Oceanarium, of course, greatly reloads your visual receptors and, in general, somehow expands your consciousness. Immersion in all senses of the word reveals the diversity of species, shades, colors, shapes and tricks of the inhabitants of the depths. As in a good art museum, your eyes get a lot of work, but they don’t get tired, because they themselves scatter in different directions from beauty. After a few minutes of observation, you begin to feel harmony in the movements of the fish and the internal logic of their living arrangements. Maybe that's why many visitors come here again and again - for a sense of beauty and harmony. Even the photos you take, then you will surely constantly revise, each time finding something new in the unusual appearance of the “exhibits”. By the way, some of them are not only beautiful and graceful, but also amazingly resourceful. Now look at the photo that would fit the game "Find Fish." See her in the picture?

Before you is a cunning leopard flounder, which easily takes on any color, merging with the ground. One wants to ask: “Listen, how are you doing this ?!”

Or take a look at the beautiful brown-striped lionfish.

At night, a zebra lion catches small fish and crustaceans with fins, and then quickly and quickly sucks them in its mouth (so that no one takes it away).

Well, we’ll introduce the best candidates for replenishing your instagram due to their bright or unusual appearance.
Below is an aravan.

In Asian culture, it serves as a symbol of wealth, prosperity, abundance. Than resembling a submarine, she spends most of her time at the surface of the water, and in case of danger can jump out of it like a torpedo to a height of up to three meters.

The white-dot Arotron (below) easily bites mollusk shells, and when threatened, it is inflated into a prickly ball and pricked with dangerous poison tetrodotoxin, which is contained in its skin and internal organs. It’s a pity, to see in the aquarium this will not work.

The cute Imperial Angel got its name due to its similarity with the heavenly angels (which no one has seen, but, by the way, what does it matter): when it comes into direct sunlight, it acquires a silver halo.

Fox fish (also called rabbit fish, feel the difference, or rather, the similarity in names and appearance) feeds exclusively on algae, and is protected by spikes located on the fins.

And this handsome man is a shark catfish.

Show with sharks, seals, stingrays, otters in the Oceanarium

There are several shows in the Oceanarium that are worthy of your attention, and they are especially shown to children: performance of seals, feeding of sharks and stingrays, as well as otters.

Shark and seal shows are held on all days except Mondays!

A fascinating performance of cute seals will not leave anyone indifferent. They tumble in the air, play with different objects, swim with their trainers, and even swing the press! 🙂

During the shark feeding show, the diver is in the aquarium with five nanny sharks, makes them swim through the hoop, perform different tricks and even hugs them, and dances with them ...

Show with stingrays - daily at 13.00.
Stingrays are in the outdoor pool and behave quite actively during feeding - according to the principle “in a large family they don’t click with their beaks (in their case, with their mouths)”. Rapid jumps in the direction of food spread the spray, which leads small spectators to the full delight and adds adrenaline even to adults. Rate on the video below:

Exemplary feeding of otters at 10:30 and 15:00 daily.

We repeat the important point here: visiting all the shows is already included in the ticket price, they can be watched by everyone who is currently in the Oceanarium. To reserve places, they are distributed simply: whoever came first - he took a place closer to action. However, as we saw, there is usually enough space for everyone.

At the exit from the aquarium you find yourself in a large souvenir shop with a nautical theme. Magnets, watches, soft toys, vests, beautiful sea shells, other mollusks, postcards, etc., etc., either with drawings of fish, octopuses, sharks, crabs and so on, or in the form of inhabitants of the seabed and the bottom.