Blacktip Reef Shark

Blacktip Reef Shark

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It is an active swimmer that must be continuously in motion to ensure that its gills receive enough circulating water for it to breathe.

 

With its nocturnal habits, it feeds on reef fish, small sharks, cephalopods and crustaceans, or even rotting carcasses.

 

It hits sexual maturity when it reaches 1 m in length.

 

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Orange Clownfish

Orange Clownfish

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This symbiosis is made possible because the juvenile clownfish coat themselves with the anemone's mucus by brushing against them over and over. That mucus contains a substance than inhibits the effects of the anemone's stinging cells.

This clownfish only lives symbiotically with two species of anemone: Heteractis magnifica and Stichodactyla gigantea.

 

According to one behavioural study, the orange clownfish is the one that leaves its host anemone the least: it almost never moves more than 12 cm away!

 

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Belle, already 2 years at the Aquarium La Rochelle

She had been left in the Aquarium’s care within the context of the "Mission Caretta".

 

Belle has grown since then:
As a newborn, she was only 19.4g. She reached the kilo when she arrived at the Aquarium.
Today she is 7.7 kg on the scales and an extra 20 cm long when it comes to her carapace!

 

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Northern Sea Nettle

Northern Sea Nettle

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It is carnivorous, feeding on small prey that it catches using the long stinging tentacles around the edge of its umbrella. Its mouth, located under the umbrella, is extended by four long, scalloped lobes: its oral arms.

 

This jellyfish multiplies at an alarming rate in the Pacific, where it competes for food with other marine species, namely those used by fisheries.

 

The northern sea nettle can grow to up to 30 cm in diameter with 6 m long tentacles.

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Play with Misson Oceans eCard

With your smartphone or tablet, find 5 animals in 3D and win a mystery video.

During your visit, follow the instructions given by Vaé and starts a treasure hunt.

First step: download the app eCard « Mission Oceans », available at the entrance of the Aquarium and on the map given by our staff.
Then, flash the QR Codes that you will find inside the Aquarium and find 5 animals in 3D.

Once your mission is completed, you will win an exclusive video to share with your friends on social networks.

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Jouez avec Mission Oceans eCard

Grâce à votre smartphone ou tablette, trouvez 5 animaux en 3D et gagnez une vidéo mystère.

Tout au long de la visite de l’Aquarium, suivez les instructions de Vaé et participez à une chasse au trésor.

Première étape : téléchargez l’application eCard « Mission Océans », disponible à l’entrée de la visite et sur le plan remis à l’accueil.

Puis, flashez les QR Codes répartis dans l’Aquarium et trouvez les 5 animaux 3D.

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Leatherback Turtle Sighted!

Leatherback turtles are coming in close to our coastline to hunt their favourite prey, jellyfish!

 

You can see them most often in calmer weather, when the water is warmer and the jellyfish come up to the surface.

 

This leatherback turtle (photo (c) JJ Boubert) was observed on 18 May last, 100 nautical miles from the northern tip of Ile de Ré.

 

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Turtles on the Go

A first map of their positions can be seen in the attached photos.
To track the path of the turtles, click HERE

Francesca, the star of the event:

 
No sooner had they arrived on the beach than Francesca, a gorgeous 100 kg loggerhead turtle, rushed to the water's edge and swam out the open sea in just a few minutes, carried away by the first wave to come.
 

The thousand people in attendance applauded her, touched and thrilled by the spectacle.

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Coral Mission

Pascal and Mathieu Coutant, La Rochelle Aquarium's Managers, flew off yesterday to Guadeloupe for the Planugwa Coral Mission.

 

This year, they hope to harvest the eggs of three species of coral, one of which is in critical danger of extinction: the reef-building elkhorn coral.

 
The mission's goal is to then breed the coral in aquariums and to perfect protocols that will enable maritime repopulation actions for these endangered species..

 

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Lobster Day 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.

 

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