The Ocean of the Future, our favourite part
As soon as we stepped through the door of this exhibition, we plunged straight into the atmosphere.
Opposite us was Planet Ocean, a giant sphere reminding us that life began in the ocean three billion years ago. The immersion started with large glass screens showing images of dolphins, sharks, whales, and so on. Next, we journeyed down to the infinitely small, discovering plankton populations, which despite being invisible, are essential to human survival. We tested the giant magnifiers, games and virtual reality experience.
Then we came face-to-face with the oldest living creatures known to humankind, which survived the dinosaurs. We enjoyed watching the nautiluses, seahorses, jellyfish and moray eels swimming in five cylindrical tanks.
We carried on down the abyssal staircase to the ocean depths. We were surrounded by images and sounds of whales, iguanas, octopuses, manta rays and more: a unique experience (don’t forget to watch your step!). Moving on, we reached the strange world of the ocean floor, with mythical wrecks, a look at the seabed, and stories from pioneers such as James Cameron, telling us about what they’ve seen in the depths of the ocean.
Next, we explored the world of Jules Verne and the story of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus, ending with a stunning view of the abyssal aquarium!
We carried on through the sea garden, with different sensory experiences, to some more aquariums, an interactive wall and a touch pool.
Before going out, we went right under the 11 metre-deep abyssal aquarium and discovered the last exhibition, The Ocean of the Future, showing us that although the ocean provides humankind with its rich resources, it’s nevertheless in danger. Food for thought before heading towards the Redoutable submarine.
Throughout the visit, there are touchscreens, fun experiments and games for children, to help them better understand the underwater world.