Just outside the aquarium building is Seal Bay, Europe's largest seal enclosure.
We have our own colony of harbour seals, harmoniously integrated into the existing natural landscape. When Seal Bay opened in 2014, there were five females and two males. The females all came from different aquariums across Europe, while the two males came from Lofoten Aquarium. The oldest male is the alpha male. He has been given the stately name of "Knut", after our former boss!
Seal Bay has been designed and built to meet the needs of the seals. This environment is as close to their natural habitat as possible. The enclosure is no less than six thousand square metres, with plenty of space for the seals to retreat if they want to. In the underwater observatory, you can get up really close to them – and if you turn around, you might even catch a glimpse of our otters too.
There is a feeding session every day at 3.00pm, with talks in both Norwegian and English.