East of Paris / Est de Paris
SEINE ET MARNE: SEA LIFE To the Sea with some Perky Penguins A la découverte des manchots
The aquarium Sea Life Paris Val d’europe has a fun and fantastic new exhibition this year, Penguin Island. The venue devoted to the seas of the world is now home to a population of fascinating Antarctic penguins composed of both king penguins and gentoo penguins. The some 20 penguins, all born in captivity, are found in the wild only on sub-antarctic islands in the Austral Ocean and cannot fly, but in the water their agility is astonishing. The group of penguins evolves in a space of 350 square meters complemented by a visit involving the five senses to gradually discover the environment of the penguins on the ice bank and in the water, their daily life, their behaviour and the climate they evolve in.
The gentoo penguin is one of the most colourful of the penguins with its bright orange beak and pink feet. Measuring 70 centimetres it is the third largest of all the penguins and is the fastest beneath the sea, capable of attaining speeds of up to 35 kilometres per hour. Measuring in at 90 centimetres tall, the king penguin is the largest in the penguin family after the emperor penguin. The king penguin also has the particularity of incubating one egg between its feet while protecting the hatchling-to-be with its feathers. The penguins at Sea Life Paris live in conditions that are as close as possible to those in the wild. The visitor can also discover the virtual world of sharks in the interactive room Shark Mission with its 3 giant screens. Also on the agenda is the temporary exhibition Sea Stars, Stars of the Ocean, in all of their colours, sizes and shapes and there is a rock pool where visitors can touch a crab among other creatures. Talks, creature feedings and an area devoted to the protection of the environment and the educational programme developed by Sea Life Paris round out the offerings. Centre Commercial Val d’europe - 14 cours du Danube - Serris 77711 Marne la Vallée, 01 60 42 33 66 - www.sealife.fr RER A station Val d’europep - 1 minute walk to the shoppingpp g centre.
The Marne River, a tributary of the Seine, gives its name to the Seine et Marne department. Scenic is the Marne immortalised on canvas by Corot, Cézanne, Pissarro and Rousseau. It wends its way through the grain- growing lands around Meaux, like the Ferté- sous- Jouarre, one of the leading mill stone towns in the 19th century. The Marne is associated with the Celtic mother goddess Matrona.