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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

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