Mankind and shores – Area 2 : Island stories
Isolated in the heart of the oceans, islands form separate worlds with their own unique and amazing ecosystems.
There are 43 small island states formed of a multitude of islands, islets and archipelagos: the Seychelles, the Maldives, Tuvalu… names which all conjure up images of sunshine and fine sandy beaches.
Through this exhibition produced in partnership with AOSIS (Alliance of Small Island States), Nausicaá would like to share with you the richness of these islands, the diversity of their inhabitants, the dangers that threaten them, and the things that islanders are doing to tackle these dangers. In “Island Tales”, you can set sail for a faraway island and discover exotic landscapes inhabited by surprising creatures. As you go from one island to the next, thanks to the spectacular images of a staged audio-visual journey, the islanders will tell you about the challenges they face.
Recognisable by its flat shape and raised back, the surgeonfish lives in coral reefs in tropical seas. Although it is an expert in the art of escaping, it also has sharp spines on its tail, which is covered with toxic mucus. But its spines are especially useful during fights between males.
This small fish, which was made famous by the film Finding Nemo, has more surprises in store for you. In perfect symbiosis with certain sea anemones, the clownfish defends itself from predators by taking refuge between their venomous tentacles!
This nocturnal hunter lives in tropical waters, temperate waters and the warm oceans of the world. Hidden at a depth of about a hundred metres, the moray eel is rather shy and very often prefers to escape rather than attack. Be careful if you feed it, it might mistake your fingers for food due to its poor eyesight.
The longhorn cowfish is a small carnivorous fish which is less than 40 cm long. With its two outgrowths and wide tail, it is very popular with tropical fish enthusiasts, especially due to its colour, which ranges from dark brown to yellow, with blue spots. Because it feeds on corals, it lives close to reefs in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.