Following a huge project to expand the site of NAUSICAA, the French National Sea Centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer (France), will from May 2018 be one of the largest aquariums in the world.
A truly massive aquarium
The new building is in the shape of a Manta Ray. It’s home to one of the largest aquariums in the world, holding a staggering 10,000 m3 of water – the equivalent of four Olympic pools. It took six weeks to fill the tank and there are 7km of water treatment pipes needed.
Modelled on the island of Malpelo, off the coast of Colombia, this giant aquarium will recreate the ecosystem of the high seas. Sharks, manta rays and shoals of other fish will populate the ecosystem, with almost 60,000 creatures in the community.
An 18-metre-long transparent tunnel offers a totally immersive experience with panoramic viewing angles. A vast viewing panel, measuring 20 metres long and 5 metres high, offers spectacular views for the visitor. The exhibition will also feature interactive attractions and dazzling new sights.
NAUSICAA is much more than just an aquarium. It is a centre where the unique marine environment can be discovered in a fun, educational and scientific way, with a primary focus on the relationship between man and the sea. In 25 years, NAUSICAA has welcomed over 15 million visitors and become a major player in efforts to raise awareness of the marine environment. Above all, the Centre’s role is to rally members of the public behind efforts to improve the way in which the oceans and their resources are managed and to encourage action. NAUSICAA is a recognised UNESCO “Centre of Excellence” due of its awareness-raising activities.
The extraordinary structure is a real architectural, aquatic and technical masterpiece and makes for a uniquely fascinating visit.
How to visit Nausicaa
From Calais Eurostar terminal, Nausicaa is a 20-minute drive, and around 25 minutes from Calais port. There’s plenty of parking on site.
The nearest station is Boulogne-Ville in the centre of Boulogne.
Tickets are available online or from kiosks at the centre, website : www.nausicaa.co.uk