Grand Aquarium of Saint Malo!

So up with go to the corsair city of Saint Malo. Yes a very popular spot in our beautiful Brittany, however, there are places off the beaten path most visitors by passed by going to the city center. Of course, this is in Saint Malo, dept 35 of Ille et Vilaine in the region of Brittany. I like to tell you about a wonderful family trip my boys enjoyed very much, the Grand Aquarium of Saint Malo.

The Grand Aquarium of Saint Malo is located at the entrance of the Corsair city of Saint-Malo, in the heart of the malouin basin. It opened its doors in 1996. Owned since 2011 by the Looping Group, a European operator of amusement parks, this property is one of the main public aquariums in France, and the most visited private park in Brittany. With a total of 4 000 m2 and 2 500 000 liters of water (including 600 000 liters for the largest of the 46 basins ,excluding Nautibus attraction), there are 11 000 animals from the marine world and 600 different species.

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The Grand Aquarium offers to discover the underwater world in different rooms that address; the cold and temperate seas with the ballet of the jellyfish, the giant crabs of Japan (up to 3.80 meters large), the anemones, the wolf fishes, the barracudas, etc. The tropical collection with its clown fish, its surgeon fish, the coral, the garden eels and the nautilus. The mangrove with the four-eyed fish, the turtle, the piranha, etc. A wreck of a galleon inhabited by white-tipped sharks, blacktip sharks and harangues.
In addition, there are three attractions such as the tactile basin of 120 m2 tracing the contours of Brittany allows to touch the marine species that populate the Breton coasts such as bats, rays, starfish or sea spiders. Also a large shark ring. The basin, in which seven sharks (of four different species), one giant grouper and three sea turtles, one at more than 30 years of age, contains 600 000 liters of water and fully encircles the room. The Grand Aquarium offered the originality of being able to spend a night in the heart of this ring, surrounded by sharks. The “Nautibus”, submarine following a course among 5 000 fish swimming in a basin of 1 500 000 liters.

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rocasse fish

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big fish tank

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tuttleneck

Fragile Sea Association; created in 2003 at the initiative of the Grand Aquarium and other partners such as the city of Saint-Malo, the Association “Mer fragile” aims to raise awareness and educate the general public about the dangers that threaten the sea but also the coasts. Its field of action extends to the entire Emerald Coast and goes through various operations such as cleaning of natural sites, and raising awareness of children in the school. More info on them here:  http://www.merfragile.com/

Once inside you can go through nine thematic areas, which bring into the world of the great blue. Among them, here are places particularly appreciated by visitors such as the cold and temperate seas, with always impressive jellyfish, giant Japanese crabs, barracudas or the microscopic world of phyto-plankton. The tropical room, where the multicolored fish are in a 25 ° water. Black tip and White tip sharks in a galleon wreck décor of yesteryear. The equatorial forest, with its mangrove décor and the adorable Florida turtles. The touch basin, where adults and children try to tame rays, bats or turbots, and caress the starfish. The shark ring, the highlight of the visit, with a huge circular basin that surrounds the visitor. This one can admire at leisure the zebra shark, bull shark as well as splendid sea turtles, a giant grouper, rays and more than 600 fishes. The Nautibus, a popular attraction for children, on board a mini-submersible and small and older alike begin a trip reproducing a scuba diving. Through the portholes, the marine world, quite real since it is a basin to offered to your eyes the wonderful views of our seas.

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Some webpages to help you plan your visit here are

Official Grand Aquarium

Tourist office of Saint Malo on the Grand Aquarium

Tourist office of Ille et Vilaine dept 35 on the Grand Aquarium

Tourist office of Brittany on the Grand Aquarium

It is fun for the whole family and something even in this fortified city an off the beaten path idea, just at the entrance to the city.  The Grand Aquarium of Saint Malo, nice, recommended for all. Enjoy it

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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