The aquarium nursery in the Oceanographic Museum under the spotlight.

Special events from 26th to 29th December 2006 and from 1st to 5th January 2007. During each school holiday period, keen on sharing the wonders of the sea world with its visitors, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco hosts special events for the public based on exchange and dialogue, which aims to showcase its activities from a different angle. Once again, this year’s end of year celebrations are no exception: scheduled at 3 p.m. as the star feature, the live visit of the aquarium nursery will enable visitors to discover, in the comfort of the Conference Hall chairs, the various cultures of fish and corals which the Museum’s Aquarium team manage and whose work allow us to gain a better understanding of the species and to reduce the number of samples being taken from the natural environment. What goes on behind the scenes of the Museum aquariums? Which new species are being bred? How big the clown fish at are birth and how are they fed? How are the coral farms managed? All questions are answered through a live dialogue between the public, the presenter and the aquariologist technician. A unique event whereby visitors are able to enjoy watching exceptional scenes - something that is not usually visible during a normal visit. The nursery visit won’t be the only special event on offer, as from 11 a.m. the Around the Lagoon event, a magnificent coral ecosystem of 400 m3 will take place. Technicians from the aquarium will share their know-how with the public and explain how they manage to make the aquarium tank so closely resemble the underwater environment. Last but not least, the tactile pool “Touch the animals”!” * will be open to families several times a day (10.45 a.m., 11.45 a.m., 1.45 p.m., 2.45 p.m. and 3.45 p.m.). A wonderful opportunity for children to come into gentle contact with marine animals from the Mediterranean and to understand, through discovery and observation, while respecting them, their behaviour patterns and lifestyles. To complete the programme, films will be screened every day in the Conference Hall, including weekends. Together with the aquarium visits and exhibitions, the Christmas programme promises to be one of the most interesting ever. Another lovely way of adding to the delights and magic of the festive season! 

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