Museum of the sea of Galicia

Vigo: Museum of the sea of Galicia

The Museo do Mar de Galicia born and maritime orientation reinforced by their own site, on the same shore of the river, in what is called Punta de Muíño located in the parish of Alcabre. This incoming land in the sea, so characteristic of this coast, lets contemplate the entire length of the river, from the Rande Strait to the Cies Islands, with a jagged profile offshore.

The authorship of the initial project of Aldo Rossi and César Portela, although it was the latter who took charge of its implementation incorporating variations consistent with its original idea.

Distinctive quality of this project is its status as urban complex which integrates different buildings and outdoor spaces bounded by a perimeter wall and the sea itself. The articulation of all elements allows seamless transition from terra firma, with a clear urban, to the sea, it reflects a country where there are no boundaries between the urban and the natural contour. The tour of the set, though flexible, is designed with a clear intention pursued rationally combine the delight of contemplation of the landscape with the highest demands of functionality museum.

Aquarium of the Museum

In the aquarium the Museo do Mar de Galicia you will enjoy watching major marine ecosystems are among the Museum's own dock to the rugged coastline of the Cies Islands.A transition that will let you know the main species. In the coastal zone, human influence is high, changing the substrate and even the water column by the construction of jetties and breakwaters. Many species seek refuge in this new habitat, pelagic fish such as sardines, or bream and wrasse as bream, golden, pinto or background bream and even exploiting the interstices of the rocks of the breakwater as the eel or lobster and other crustaceans. With them a large variety of invertebrates of all types. Leaving the port, once we reached the semi-extensive farming areas punt, which started with the mussels but now extends to other bivalves.

Under the shelter of the strings of the trays, like what happened in the harbor, many species take advantage of this new habitat created by man. Species similar to those found in the port. However, funds under the trays has been transformed because of feces and pseudofaeces mussels. Where there was sand, silt and now funds are low oxygen due to decaying organic matter. Funds become progressively cleaner as we reached the Cies. In these areas dominated waters hunts barnacles on the rocks and calcareous algae that form Maërl funds. With them as oblate pelagic fish, sunfish, bream and groundfish like haddock. But pelagic fish species not only staying in habitat so banks and other pelagic sardine move between them.

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