Grand Nausicaá: what awaits you at the largest aquarium in Europe

  • The new extension contains a tank holding 16,000m3 of water inspired by the island of Malpelo off the coast of Colombia

    © © Sophie et Jacques Rougerie

    The new extension contains a tank holding 16,000m3 of water inspired by the island of Malpelo off the coast of Colombia

    © © Sophie et Jacques Rougerie

  • Explore the submarine cave

    © Sophie et Jacques Rougerie

    Explore the submarine cave

    © Sophie et Jacques Rougerie

Grand Nausicaá: what awaits you at the largest aquarium in Europe Boulevard Sainte-Beuve boulougne-sur-mer fr

On May 19, 2018, Nausicaá is increasing in scope with a new visitor experience ‘Voyage en Haute Mer,’ housed in a stunning new extension designed by Jacques Rougerie in Boulogne-sur-Mer. This new development, inspired by the shape of a manta ray, will provide an unprecedented marine experience, allowing the public to get even closer to the center’s many species. 

© Magnus Larsson / Istockphoto — Visitors will have the chance to spot manta rays

Nausicaá is home to no less than 1,600 different species, including the manta ray, the largest ray in the world, which can reach over 25 feet long and weigh up to 3,600 pounds. Here’s a preview of what to expect from the rest of the experience:

A 23-feet deep fault

Nausicaá will unveil a spectacular underwater fault reaching a depth of 23 feet, offering a unique virtual excursion into the secret world of the ocean deep. 

© Sophie et Jacques Rougerie — The great fault has an impressive view over the Grand Bassin

The Malpelo hammerheads

Sharks play a vital role in balancing animal populations. Nausicaá has chosen to present hammerhead sharks, an iconic species from around the island of Malpelo. 

© Sophie et Jacques Rougerie-The tunnel offers a complete immersion into the deep blue sea.

 

A 60-foot-long tunnel

A tunnel over 60 feet long allows visitors to walk and be totally surrounded by sharks, manta rays, schools of fish, and other species. The new features are an immersive experience designed to fully appreciate the wonders of the ocean.

© Kenny Louie- CC BY 2.0 License / Wikimedia — Large size, golden jellyfish thrive in the cool waters of the North Pacific.

15 species of jellyfish

Over 15 different types of jellyfish are bred at Nausicaá, including golden jellyfish, whose umbrellas can reach more than 12 inches in diameter.

Cutting-edge design

With its innovative architectural design and impressive dimensions, Nausicaá allows visitors to observe numerous marine species in different ways, and closer than ever before.

For more information:

https://www.grand-nausicaa.fr/

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