This is a camera located in the Penguin Exhibition area on the first floor of the “Waters of the World” Virtual Reality Aquarium inside the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium in Pingtung. The simulated Antarctic environment is suitable for penguins.
【The oceanic environment in Antarctica】
The surface seawater of the Antarctic region circulates and mixes with the nutrient-rich salt water below. The Antarctic phytoplankton feed on the nutrients and multiply during the short summer season. The massive growth of phytoplankton attracts Antarctic zooplankton and the animals that consume them. The entire process repeats and fosters the development of the Antarctic ocean food chain.
Such a fascinating circle of life cannot found outside the forbidding weather of the Antarctic region. But thanks to the hard work of the staff at the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, the extreme weather has been simulated and the penguins have made themselves at home here.
【Waters of Taiwan】
Surrounded by the sea, the island of Taiwan has many varieties of water-dependent life forms. At the aquarium, the ecology and the natural landscape are simulated precisely as they exist in real life. Everything begins with a small drop of water; it travels from a stream high in the mountains formed after the snow melts, and then it follows the path of the stream, which then becomes a river. Eroding the riverbed, it then carries many minerals and other materials and gradually travels down the mid and lower levels, which are a lot less steep, and then finally, it slowly flows into the sea. The journey of the water drop tells the story of the ecosystems around rivers in Taiwan and the oceans surrounding it.
【Coral Kingdom Pavilion】
The brilliant live corals and varieties of tropical fish are the main attraction at the entrance. Enter the pavilion and begin a slow circular descent around the large column-like tank and take a closer view at the coral in different living environments. Go through the 84-meter undersea tunnel to begin this magnificent trip, walk in the middle of a gigantic (1.5 million gallon) man-made ocean and experience the colorful world of coral!
The whole concept of this show is based on the fact that the ocean is the source of every life form on earth. The high-tech 3-D interactive animations are integrated with electronic video and audio, giant environment devices and live demonstrations, letting people experience the combination of virtual and physical environments. The demonstrations include four different subjects, including “Ancient Oceans”, “Seaweed Forest”, “Deep water”, and “Polar Water”. Moreover, a “Discovery classroom” has been built for children to let them obtain more knowledge of the ocean.
【Sleep with the Fish at the Aquarium】
Any museums and even aquariums with living exhibitions can seem intimidating and distant at night. Entry to wonderful places such as the National Museum of Marine Biology and the Aquarium is unfortunately forbidden at night, but. . .
Imagine. . . The world inside the National Museum of Marine Biology and the Aquarium at night. . . The world behind the glass of the tank. . . The staff working hard using sophisticated facilities bringing us into the world of these exotic animals. . . We'd love to give you the experience of a lifetime inside the National Museum of Marine biology and Aquarium and show you the mysterious nature and beauty of life!
Saturday, Sunday and New Year's Holidays 08:00-18:007
During Summer vacation (for schools) 08:00-19: 00
※See museum entrance for actual opening hours
Adults ?NT$450/regular adults
Discount ticket NT$250 for children 110 cm and above with Student IDs, and people with veteran IDs, Civil Service Retirement IDs, and elderly over 65.
Group ticket for young children and infants NT$150/20 people or more. Group tickets must be reserved in advance. Hotline: 08-88255678
Group ticket: ?NT$350/90-110 cm school groups
Free: children below 110 cm, and people with proof of disabilities are allowed with a companion.
※ Those who wish to purchase the discount tickets should have appropriate IDs. No discount tickets will be sold without proper IDs
(See the Aquarium for any ticket price changes.)