The Oceanographic is a marine park situated in the east of the city of Valencia, Spain, where different marine habitats are represented. It was designed by the architect Felix Candela and the structural engineers Alberto Domingo and Carlos Lazaro. It is integrated inside the cultural complex known as the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciencies.
The Oceanographic is the largest complex of its type in Europe with a surface of 111.000 square meters and a capacity of water of 42.000.000 litres. It has 45,000 animals of 500 different species including fish, mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates - amongst these are sharks, penguins, dolphins, sea lions, walruses, beluga whales, and more - all inhabiting nine underwater towers. Each tower is structured in two levels and represent the major ecosystems of the planet.
The park is divided into ten areas. The marine areas reflect the Mediterranean habitats, the polar oceans - the Arctic, the islands, the tropical seas, the temperate seas and the Red Sea. The park also includes a dolphinarium, an auditorium with a Red Sea aquarium, an area of mangrove swamps and marshland, and a garden with more than 80 different species of plant.