The Aquarium’s display area is divided into three zones: The Evolution of the Ocean Life, the Russian Water Space, and the World’s Water Space, each of which integrates several exhibits.
The Evolution of the Ocean Life
Evolution of the Ocean Life Exhibit allows visitors to move 4.6 billion years back in time to the beginning of the Solar System formation and tells about modern conceptions of the Earth history, formation of the World Ocean, and the origin of life on our planet. Plenty of models, multimedia devices, information stands, and pictures as well as fossils of extinct organisms, which have lived in the different geologic periods, help the visitors to imagine the landmark events.
The Marine MicroWorld Exhibit reveals amazing world invisible to a naked human eye. The micro world originates all food chains in the ocean and determines existence and stability of the marine ecosystems. The exhibit displays enlarged models of the microscopic organisms. Using an optical microscope, visitors can see the whole world in a water drop with their own eyes. In addition, they can learn how an electron microscope works to allow them to see the smallest representatives of the organic world.
The Russian Water Space
Amur River, Khanka Lake, and Lake Baikal Exhibit introduces to variety of natural landscapes, animals, and plants of the Amur River basin; panel-paintings and video walls display picturesque sceneries and inhabitants of Khanka Lake and Lake Baikal.
Amur River is one of the world’s largest water artery having the biggest basin among all rivers running into the Pacific Ocean. Flowing through three countries territories - Russia, China, and Mongolia, - Amur River crosses landscapes of four geographic zones such as semideserts, steppes, forest-steppes, and forests. The richest ichthyofauna among Russian rivers with about 150 fish species, including kaluga (Amur sturgeon) - the world’s largest freshwater fish - belongs to Amur River.
Khanka Lake is the biggest in the Russian Far East. The lake swamp plains surrounded with the largest wetlands in the East Asia provide a shelter to hundreds thousands of birds. In the Khanka Lake basin, 378 species of birds are found, among them 55 species are listed in the Russian Red Book.
World’s deepest Lake Baikal is the largest natural reservoir with pure fresh water. Having unique flora and fauna, Baikal houses 2,600 animal species, more than a half of them is only found in Baikal being Baikal endemics.
The Polar World Exhibit represent Arctic and Antarctic air showing uniqueness of the wildlife and narrates about Russia’s role in the exploration of high latitudes, with heroic pages of Arctic development. Visitors can see a movie about the Mir submersible diving to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean and a movie about Arctic animals. Models of technical means of the exploration, from a Pomorie koch to Russian nuclear-powered ice-breakers are also presented in the exhibit.
The most fascinating part of the exhibit dedicated to Antarctic is a Penguinarium. Visitors can observe the penguins’ habits, their underwater “flying” and even communicate with them.
The Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk Exhibit tells visitors about biologically high-productive seas providing bulk of the fish and seafood caught in the Russian Federation.
The deepest and the biggest in Russia, the Bering Sea is a home for 400 species of fish. Narwhals, finbacks, seiwhales, humpback whales as well as gray whales, blue whales, and great polar whales gain weight within its illimitable space. Rookeries of walruses, sea lions, and fur seals spread along the seashore. Beach grasses give shelter to the sea otters (or kalans) having a narrow escape of extinction due to the fur trade.
The Sea of Okhotsk is considered one of the richest north temperate marine ecosystems in the world, and one of the most biologically productive of the world’s seas. It supports a diverse array of animal life, including about 300 species of fishes, the most numerous populations of Golden king crab, Blue king crab as well as shellfishes (bivalves and gastropods), and huge resources of the valuable sea grass and algae. Intensive exploitation of oil and gas has been carried out in the continental shelf of the Sea of Okhotsk. One of the high-priority problem of sustainable nature management is keeping reasonable balance to protect ocean life.
This exhibit provides a home to northern fur seals; visitors can see them moving gracefully in the water.
The centerpiece is a huge tank containing the kelp forest. Formed by brown macroalgae, the kelp forest displays fishes and marine organisms inhabiting it.
The Sea of Japan (East Sea) Exhibit tells about the warm and cold ocean currents giving rise to its wealth and abundance of species, with the highest species diversity among Far Eastern seas. In the Sea of Japan, 1,170 of fish species are found including 365 species in the Russian Federation territorial waters.
Special emphasis is given to the Peter the Great Gulf. The exhibit displays astonishing representatives of the gulf ichthyofauna, allows visitors to be involved in The Octopus Show, then, in the Touch Pool, they will be provided a chance to find out what some ocean creatures actually feel like.
A particular part of the exhibit is devoted to display marine organisms named after Greek mythological creatures, gods, and heroes. This educative and entertaining place with groups of models and using the modern technologies allows visitors to understand what is common between bearers of these names. Jellyfishes’ magnetic dancing complete the exhibit.
The World’s Water Space
Tropical Rain Forest Exhibit creates impression of being in the equatorial forest with its moist air, characteristic sounds, and a waterfall. At close range, this exhibit features a diverse collection of plants including trees enlaced with woody vines surrounded by epiphytes and flowering orchids. Visitors will be able to see living fishes of the Amazon rainforest as well as amphibia and insects. The exhibit demonstrates all the beauty, specificity, and biodiversity of different tropical rainforest levels.
The Tropical Seas Exhibit offers the visitors to look closely at the tropical sea inhabitants’ life, shows wonderful scenery of the coral reefs with various species and forms of the corals. A tunnel made of thick acrylic glass with moving walkway will guide the visitors through a huge aquarium crowded with colourful coral fishes, predatory morays, and other dwellers this fascinating world of the coral reef houses.
Subject video films help visitors to get new information about structure and diversity of the reefs, about life and reproduction of coral polyps – a great architect of the ocean.
The Ocean Abyss Exhibit placed in the largest tank of the Primorsky Aquarium contains about 3,000 tons of water held by the 60-cm acrylic glass. The exhibit creates air of peace and stillness of the ocean depths with slowly moving fishes of different forms and colours.
Fast-moving amberjacks, majestic sharks and rays, gigantic rock basses can be seen through the glass. Sense of immersion deepens when a visitor gets to the transparent acrylic capsule “soaring” in a water body.