BIG YEAR FOR NAUSICAÄ IN THE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE OUR OCEANS
Nausicaä, the French National Sea Centre, is doing its bit to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity as part of the United Nations’ International Year of Sustainable Tourism.
The aquarium, in Boulogne-sur-mer on the Côte d’opale, houses more than 20 species of marine mammals including seals, dolphins and fin whales. Each month in 2017, the centre is highlighting a particular strand of sustainable tourism and the ways in which we can all help to preserve the marine environment.
In April, the focus was on marine mammals, when visitors were able to watch sea-lion training sessions, take part in quizzes and watch documentaries.
The issue was also reflected in the Festival of Sea Imagery, which included displays of contemporary underwater photographs and appearances by marineworld film-makers and oceanographers, including François Sarano. Other highlights included films on the threats facing king and emperor penguins.
In June, Nausicaä turns its attention to the ocean as a tourist destination, staging exhibitions on the threat posed to marine life by plastic rubbish. The centre is also celebrating World Oceans Day on 8 June, with educational workshops and marine-life encounters part of the programme.
ABOVE: A sea-lion training session at the Nausicaä Sea Centre
ABOVE: Part of an exhibition on marine life in the Seychelles