Grand Nausicaá: what awaits you at the largest aquarium in Europe

  • Grand Nausicaá  —  The new extension contains a tank holding 16,000m3 of water inspired by the island of Malpelo off the coast of Colombia

    Grand Nausicaá — The new extension contains a tank holding 16,000m3 of water inspired by the island of Malpelo off the coast of Colombia - © Sophie et Jacques Rougerie

    Grand Nausicaá — The new extension contains a tank holding 16,000m3 of water inspired by the island of Malpelo off the coast of Colombia

    Grand Nausicaá — The new extension contains a tank holding 16,000m3 of water inspired by the island of Malpelo off the coast of Colombia - © Sophie et Jacques Rougerie

  • Grand Nausicaá - the Malpelo hammerheads

    Grand Nausicaá - the Malpelo hammerheads - © Magnus Larsson / Istockphoto

    Grand Nausicaá - the Malpelo hammerheads

    Grand Nausicaá - the Malpelo hammerheads - © Magnus Larsson / Istockphoto

  • Grand Nausicaá  —  More that 500 species of sharks exist throughout the world, including the hammerhead shark

    Grand Nausicaá — More that 500 species of sharks exist throughout the world, including the hammerhead shark - © Wolfgangpronai / Istockphoto

    Grand Nausicaá — More that 500 species of sharks exist throughout the world, including the hammerhead shark

    Grand Nausicaá — More that 500 species of sharks exist throughout the world, including the hammerhead shark - © Wolfgangpronai / Istockphoto

  • Grand Nausicaá  —  The tunnel allows visitors total immersion in the wonders of the ocean.

    Grand Nausicaá — The tunnel allows visitors total immersion in the wonders of the ocean. - © Sophie et Jacques Rougerie

    Grand Nausicaá — The tunnel allows visitors total immersion in the wonders of the ocean.

    Grand Nausicaá — The tunnel allows visitors total immersion in the wonders of the ocean. - © Sophie et Jacques Rougerie

  • Grand Nausicaá —  Large size, golden jellyfish thrive in the cool waters of the North Pacific

    Grand Nausicaá — Large size, golden jellyfish thrive in the cool waters of the North Pacific - © Kenny Louie- CC BY 2.0 License / Wikimedia

    Grand Nausicaá — Large size, golden jellyfish thrive in the cool waters of the North Pacific

    Grand Nausicaá — Large size, golden jellyfish thrive in the cool waters of the North Pacific - © Kenny Louie- CC BY 2.0 License / Wikimedia

  • Grand Nausicaá  —  Explore the submarine cave

    Grand Nausicaá — Explore the submarine cave - © Sophie et Jacques Rougerie

    Grand Nausicaá — Explore the submarine cave

    Grand Nausicaá — Explore the submarine cave - © Sophie et Jacques Rougerie

Grand Nausicaá: what awaits you at the largest aquarium in Europe Boulevard Sainte Beuve Boulogne sur Mer fr

On 19 May 2018, Nausicaá is increasing in scope with a new visitor experience, ‘Voyage en Haute Mer’, housed in a stunning new extension in the shape of a manta ray designed by Jacques Rougerie. This will provide an unprecedented marine experience, allowing the public to get even closer to the centre’s many species. Here’s a preview of what to expect.

 

Nausicaá is home to no less than 1,600 different species, including the manta ray, the largest ray in the world, which can reach eight meters long and weigh up to 1.8 tons.

 

A seven-metre-deep fault

Nausicaá will unveil a spectacular underwater fault reaching a depth of seven metres, offering a unique virtual excursion into the secret world of the ocean deep.


The Malpelo hammerheads
Sharks play a vital role in balancing animal populations. Nausicaá has chosen to present hammerhead sharks, an iconic species from the island of Malpelo.

 

An 18-metre-long tunnel

A tunnel over 18 meters long allows visitors to walk and be totally surrounded by sharks, manta rays, schools of fish and other species. An immersive experience to fully appreciate the wonders of the ocean.


15 species of jellyfish

Over 15 different types of jellyfish are bred at Nausicaá, including golden jellyfish, whose umbrellas can reach more than 30cm in diameter.

 

Cutting-edge design
With its innovative architectural design and impressive dimensions, Nausicaá allows visitors to observe numerous marine species in different ways, and closer than ever before.