There is an extraordinary garden hidden within the aquarium reserves of Nausicaá, a coral nursery. Nausicaá has spent more than 20 years developing expertise in coral production and 70 species of coral are bred at Nausicaá. All the corals in the exhibition were produced here, or in other partner public aquariums.
Large-scale production for the High Seas tank
Long before the opening of the Journey on the High Seas exhibition, the carers of the tropical team set to work on the enormous task of producing the corals intended to adorn the depths of the High Seas tank. Eventually 10,000 corals will be implanted.
How? Equipped with a drill and coral plants, divers drill into the decor and implant the cuttings. Orange Cup coral will populate this area of the tank that can be seen from the underwater tunnel. This species found around the island of Malpelo needs very little light but abundant food. The carers have developed a food distribution system that provides it with the amount of food it needs to grow.
In the morning, the carers are active in the different areas of the exhibition: cleaning the aquariums and feeding the coral are part of the carers’ daily tasks. The decor created for the aquariums in the Coral Jungle area is studied in order to make the corals stand out. The animals selected to share these aquariums are also carefully considered based on compatibility between species. For example, the Goby coral from Japan can only lay its eggs on living tissue, in this case Acropora coral.
More than 25 years of expertise
In addition to the corals in the large High Seas tank, many corals populate the aquariums in the Mankind and Shores exhibition.
Soft corals, hard corals, fluorescent corals, a large number of coral species can be discovered in the coral reef flat in the tropical lagoon, as well as in the Coral Jungle area.