Petit Futé's opinion on OCEANOPOLIS
Four marine ecosystems and many fun and educational activities punctuate this site dedicated to the marine worlds.
Created in 1990, Océanopolis is one of the Breton sites not to be missed. In 2018, some 410,000 people came to visit this unique place dedicated to marine worlds, where aquariums are just one stone in the building. This ocean discovery and interpretation centre presents four marine ecosystems, divided into four areas: the Brittany, polar and tropical pavilions, as well as the otter trail. Embark on a unique journey to the heart of the oceans in Europe. 10,000 animals, 76 aquariums representing 4 million litres of seawater, divided into pavilions with a large aquarium in which sharks live. Complementary marine ecosystems for a global discovery of the ocean in its richness and diversity. Constantly evolving, Océanopolis is offering new exhibits in the Tropical pavilion this year. The Caouannea turtle is leaving the aquarium, to be replaced by very beautiful schooling species such as selene and jacks. Two new species of rays will also make their debut in the Tropical Pavilion's Reef Fishes aquarium: the eagle ray (Aetobatus ocellatus) and the honeycomb ray (Himanthura uarnak).
Don't miss the Otter Trail, an area set aside for these delightful marine mammals. Both sea and freshwater otters can be seen here. This visit, unique in France, will delight young and old alike, thanks to the trail that recreates the animal's living conditions. Explanations and animations mark out the visit of this very beautiful equipment, which is much more than an aquarium. Shark tanks and other coloured fish, feeding of the species, a walk in the tropical greenhouse, observation of the manchuette, the possibility of touching certain animals, a polar seal tank unique in Europe, etc. Every year, Océanopolis also hosts cultural and scientific events, such as XPERIENSEA 2, an immersive and technological 3D tour of deep-sea environments, the Oceanographic Adventure Film Festival, the European Researchers' Night or a programme of conferences, also accessible on the Océanopolis Youtube channel. Don't miss the privileged behind-the-scenes visit of Océanopolis, with a scientific mediator or the possibility to become a caretaker for a day. Discover the different areas usually inaccessible to the public and explain how the aquariums work. Allow a full half-day if you want to take advantage of all the areas dedicated to the marine world.
Halfway between science and society, Océanopolis is developing many scientific and cultural mediation activities on a national and international scale, in collaboration with its partners.
Océanopolis is also a key facility for marine environment education and a unique tool for schools and teachers. As an establishment that maintains wild animal species in aquariums, it participates in numerous actions aimed at contributing to the conservation of the biological diversity of the marine environment.
For 30 years, Océanopolis has been working to protect and monitor seals in Brittany. Initiated by a few passionate naturalists, the Association Conservation Mammifères et Oiseaux Marins de Bretagne (Conservation of Mammals and Marine Birds of Brittany) now concentrates a unique expertise in France and constitutes a real tool dedicated to care but also to conservation and research. In 1990, with the creation of Océanopolis, a care centre for marine mammals was created in Brest. Today, it takes in some twenty young seals stranded on the French coast each year. The Association Conservation Mammifères et Oiseaux Marins de Bretagne is an association dedicated to the aquatic fauna of Brittany. The majority of the species collected are grey seals, whose geographical distribution is centred on the British Isles, with Brittany corresponding to the southern limit of the species. Treated, they are released back into the wild after several weeks. In 2016, Bretagne Vivante, the Groupe Mammalogique Breton, the Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux and Océanopolis joined forces to create the Association Conservation Mammifères et Oiseaux Marins de Bretagne. Its aim is to strengthen the sharing of skills and equipment for the care of animals in difficulty, the monitoring of strandings and the health monitoring of aquatic fauna. It monitors individuals after rehabilitation, and studies populations, as well as providing expertise to the authorities in charge of the environment.
Océanopolis, a scientific, technical and industrial centre dedicated to the ocean, regularly puts plankton in the spotlight through various information and awareness-raising operations.
Océanopolis regularly welcomes artists, schoolchildren and students with a view to carrying out artistic projects inspired by the sciences, and more specifically the marine environment. Combining the arts and sciences allows us to deliver scientific messages, to educate and to raise awareness among different audiences in a fun and original way about environmental protection.
The interactive visit application myOcéanopolis allows you to organise your visit and accompanies you to enjoy the ocean discovery park in the best conditions. At your disposal: a restaurant, a sandwich shop, picnic and play areas.
Information on OCEANOPOLIS
Low season: open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. High season: every day from 9:30 am to 7 pm. Free for children up to 3 years old. Adult : 21,30 €. Children (3 to 13 years old): 13,50 € (14 to 17 years old and students (on presentation of their card): 16,10 €). Tribe rate (2 adults aged 18 and over + 3 children or young people): 20,30 € - 15,10 € - 12,50 €. Holiday vouchers. Tourism & Handicap label. Children welcome. Guided tour. Catering (buffet, snack). Shop. Animations.
Services offered by OCEANOPOLIS
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