at the Aquarium
Stored in round, hermetically sealed boxes for the trip, they were extracted using pipettes and inserted into individual cavities in one of La Rochelle Aquarium's quarantine tanks.
The Aquarium will house them for 15 days before they move on to the sea.
Since last year, La Rochelle Aquarium has been partnering with the district community of Ile de Ré and its rangers in a project to reintroduce lobsters to their natural environment.
On 23 June next, subject to the right weather conditions, 3,000 of these tiny crustaceans will be reintroduced into a protected area (1,500 currently at La Rochelle Aquarium and the other 1,500 from the Ile de Ré campus of La Rochelle's Maritime and Aquacultural Secondary School), joining the first 3,000 released on 2 August 2013.
The Aquarium provides its scientific expertise and its technical and logistical support to the district community of Ile de Ré for the release of the lobsters into the sea, which will take place at the whale calves reserve to the north of Ile de Ré.
This project has the potential to continue on for a number of years.
More information is available (in French) at: http://www.cdciledere.fr/.