Arctic

Welcome to Arctic. A giant igloo, twelve metres tall, divided into two levels, represents this ecosystem in which walruses and the beluga whale family are found.

The upper Artic level offers an initial view of the two aquariums. The first shows a rocky beach typical of the Arctic regions, exhibiting the walruses; the second aquarium opens a window into the frozen seas and shows a set of immense blocks of ice, the perfect habitat for beluga whales. On the lower level, this ecosystem and its inhabitants are appreciated up close from an underwater perspective where we immerse ourselves in the frozen water.

Beluga whales
Beluga whales are marine mammals from the odontoceti group; cetaceans with teeth. They are characterised by the white colour of their skin, which allows them to camouflage themselves among the blocks of ice.
Kylu, the baby beluga whale
On the 15th of November 2016, there was a milestone in the history of Oceanogràfic: the birth of Kylu, the first baby beluga whale born in Europe. After 502 days of pregnancy, Yulka, the 20 year old female at Oceanogràfic, gave birth to Kylu, weighing 74kg and measuring 160cm. After many months of attention and care, Kylo has not only become another member of the Oceanogràfic family, but has also been a key piece for the development of different research programmes which could not have been carried out without him. Researchers, doctoral students and vets, in some cases from other countries, assisted by members of the Oceanogràfic Foundation and also by the University of Valencia and Autonomous University of Barcelona, have carried out studies related with the breathing system of beluga whales, their vascular system, vocal and hearing development, and finally, their immune system; as a whole, exceptional work in marine research.
Walruses
Walruses are gregarious animals which live in the cold waters of the Glacial Arctic Ocean. Their appearance is similar to that of seals, although they can reach amazing sizes.