Exhibits

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.

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 get to know 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, and information stands helping to imagine the landmark events as well as to see the models, pictures and fossils of extinct organisms living in the geologic periods.

The Marine MicroWorld Exhibit reveals amazing world invisible to a naked human eye. This micro world originates all food chains in the ocean that determines existence and stability of the marine ecosystems.

Visitors can see not only enlarged models of the microscopic organisms but the whole world in a water drop with their own eyes using a light microscope. They can also learn how an electron microscope works allowing them to see the smallest representatives of the organic world.

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 with 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 semi-deserts, steppes, forest-steppes, and forests. The richest ichthyofauna among Russian rivers with about 150 fish species, including kaluga (Amur sturgeon) – the biggest world’s freshwater fish of the planet - 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 alone, 378 species of birds are found including 55 species listed in the Russian Red Book.

World’s deepest Lake Baikal is the largest natural reservoir of pure fresh water. Having unique flora and fauna, Baikal houses 2,600 animal species, more than a half of them being Baikal endemics is only found in Lake Baikal.

The Polar World Exhibit creates Arctic and Antarctic environment showing uniqueness of its 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 the Russian nuclear-powered ice-breakers are also presented in the exhibit.

The Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk Exhibit introduce visitors to 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 had 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. At the same time, intensive exploitation of oil and gas has been carried out in the continental shelf of the Sea of Okhotsk that is why maintaining a reasonable balance to protect ocean life is the high-priority problem of environmental management.

This exhibit provides a home to northern fur seals and visitors can see their graceful moving in the water.

The exhibit centerpiece is a huge tank housed kelp forest in which various species of brown algae can be seen as well as fishes and marine organisms inhabiting a kelp forest in the wild.

The Sea of Japan (East Sea) Exhibit tells about the warm and cold ocean currents, which give rise to its wealth and abundance of species, with the highest species diversity among the Far Eastern seas. In the Sea of Japan, 1,170 fish species are found including 365 species living in the Russian Federation territorial waters.

Special emphasis in the exhibit is given to the Peter the Great Gulf. The exhibit displays fantastic representatives of the gulf fauna and provides the visitors a chance to touch some ocean creatures in the Touch Pools.

A particular part of the exhibit displays marine organisms named after Greek mythological creatures, gods, and heroes. Groups of models and modern technologies in this educative and entertaining place allow visitors to see mythic characters and understand what is common between bearers of these names. The jellyfishes’ fascinating “concert” complete the exhibit.

The World’s Water Space

The Tropical Rain Forest Exhibit creates impression of being in an equatorial forest with its moist air, specific sounds, and a waterfall. At close range, visitors can admire trees enlaced with woody vines surrounded by epiphytes and flowering orchids and watch Amazon River’s fishes, amphibians and insects of the tropical forests inhabiting the

exhibit. 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 and shows wonderful scenery of the coral reefs, various species and forms of the corals. A transparent tunnel with a moving walkway will guide the visitors through a huge tank crowded with colourful coral fishes, predatory morays, and other dwellers of this fascinating world of the coral reefs.

Subject video films will help to get new information about structure and diversity of the reefs, life and reproduction of the coral polyps – the great architects 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. Atmosphere of peace and stillness of ocean depths is created in the exhibit, where you can see 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 a transparent acrylic capsule “soaring” in a water body, with huge fishes drifting at arm’s length.