East of Pa­ris / Est de Pa­ris

SEINE ET MARNE: SEA LIFE To the Sea with some Per­ky Pen­guins A la dé­cou­verte des man­chots

GREATER PARIS - - [Contents] Sommaire - By Pa­tri­cia Va­li­cen­ti

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.

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