I was recently invited to Boulogne in France, to visit the Nausicaa Centre, one of Europe’s largest aquariums. In celebration of Taste Week, Nausicaa was highlighting its ‘Mr Goodfish’ initiative, which aims to raise public awareness of sea sustainability. Nausicaa is home to over 30,000 animals from 1,000 species, so there was plenty to see.
The enthralling displays of underwater life made it feel like you’d been transported to another world. It’s like diving, without the need to get your feet wet! We started off at the Island Stories exhibition, which aims to highlight the environmental challenges that islands face and how they are particularly vulnerable to climate change.
The Tropical Lagoon exhibition features one of the largest cultivated reefs in the world. There is a spectrum of tropical fish and sharks milling between the colourful corals.
We spent a fair amount of time in awe of the fascinating species that give off flecks of multicoloured light through bioluminescence. I’d never ever seen anything like them before.
Next we went to the exhibition that I had most excited about, the African penguins. I love penguins, they are my favourite animal. Seeing penguins in the wild (particularly emperor penguins, which are my absolute favourite) is at the very top of my bucket list.
The Nausicaa Centre is doing an amazing job in showcasing some of the amazing habitats that we stand to lose if a more sustainable approach towards the ocean isn’t taken. We can all play a role in helping to preserve our oceans. Boulogne is two hours from both Paris and London and the channel tunnel just 20 minutes drive away, making it accessible no matter what side of the channel you are on.
Finally, it was time to head into Boulogne to restaurant, La Plage, to try some sustainable fish for ourselves, cooked up by their fantastic team of chefs.
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