On 19th May, a massive expansion of NAUSICAA, the French National Sea Centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer, will open to the public for the first time.

Aquarium at Nausicaa in France

Source: Sophie et Jacques Rougerie.

People enjoy the views of ocean creatures at Nausicaa, the biggest aquarium in Europe.

Described as ‘an amazing destination for lovers of the sea’, the NAUSICAA will reportedly become one of the world’s largest aquariums when its newest building fully opens.

Built in the shape of a Manta Ray, the new building will hold 10,000 m3 of water – reportedly the equivalent of four Olympic pools. Modelled on the island of Malpelo, off the coast of Colombia, the giant aquarium will recreate the ecosystem of the high seas. Sharks, manta rays and shoals of other fish will populate the ecosystem, with almost 60,000 creatures in the community.

An 18 metre-long transparent tunnel will offer an immersive experience with panoramic viewing angles. A vast viewing panel, measuring 20 metres long and five metres high, will also give beneficial views to the visitor. The exhibition will also feature interactive attractions.

More about NAUSICAA

NAUSICAA describes itself as much more than an aquarium. It is a centre where marine environment can be discovered in a ‘fun, educational and scientific way’, with a primary focus on the relationship between mankind and the sea.

In 25 years, NAUSICAA has welcomed over 15 million visitors and works on encouraging the public to improve the way in which the oceans and their resources are managed. The centre has been named a UNESCO Centre of Excellence on the back of this. 

The Sea Centre for groups 

Group rates apply to bookings of 20 or more people, and there is the offer of one free person for every 20 paying people plus free admission for the coach driver.

The nearest ferry port is Calais (P&O, DFDS) or Eurotunnel, and selected Eurostar services stop at Calais Frethun, which is the nearest international rail station. There is also free parking on site.

For more information visit www.nausicaa.co.uk.