Shark Week in Nausicaa


From Saturday 22 October to Wednesday 2 November 2016, NAUSICAA will be hosting Shark Week. Sharks have always had a reputation of being bloodthirsty predators, man-eaters in fact! Actually, this is far from the truth. Of the 500 species of shark found in the world’s oceans, very few pose a threat to Man. In most cases, they are fearful and distrustful of humans! However, they are right at the top of the marine food chain and, as such, they play a vital role in maintaining the balance of animal populations. Man is the shark’s main predator, killing more than 100 million of them every year, mainly for their fins! So, surprisingly, the more dangerous of the two is not the one you might think!

This year, NAUSICAA is taking a close look at this amazing creature in a fun and educational way. Visitors can increase their understanding of sharks through activities designed for the whole family, such as, meetings with shark handlers, live broadcasts with correspondents from NAUSICAA’s TV studio etc.

NAUSICAA has been showing sharks off to visitors since it opened in 1991 and, at present, the displays include more than 140 animals including bull sharks, leopard sharks, zebra sharks and grey sharks.

Sharkoscope – Workshops for the whole family

Monday 24, Tuesday 25, Wednesday 26, Friday 28 and Monday 31 October 2016 from 2.30pm to 4pm in NAUSICAA’s foyer

Family workshops will provide a different view of sharks by showing visitors what shark eggs look like or using a microscope to see what certain sharks eat. At the end of the workshop, visitors will have a chance to make a shark fortune-teller and share their knowledge of these lords of the seas!

“Not Scared of Sharks” – An event for the whole family

Thursday 27 October from 2pm to 2.45pm in NAUSICAA’s cinema

Are you afraid of sharks? This event will help you find out more about sharks and the important role they play in the world’s oceans. We still have so much to learn about these fascinating animals.

Book your seats with NAUSICAA’s Education Unit. Phone +33 (0) 321 309983 or email

€2.80/person or €1.40 for visitors to NAUSICAA.

Meeting with a shark handler

Saturday 22 October to Wednesday 2 November 2016

Every day, a shark handler will meet visitors to NAUSICAA and tell them about the various aspects of the job, in particular diving with sharks. He will also describe the risk to shark populations, their place in the ecosystem and the importance of a conservation policy for these animals.

Diving with sharks, with commentary by one of NAUSICAA’s shark handler-divers

At NAUSICAA, handler-divers enter the shark pool twice a week. Come and watch the divers and listen to the commentary by one of the handlers. He will tell you about the preparations that precede the dives

and describe how they are carried out. They are necessary to keep the glass walls of the pool clean. They also allow the divers to check the decorative features in the pool and monitor the health of the animals. He’s sure to have a few good stories to tell about these unusual dives!

New programmes from NAUSICAA’s TV studio

22 October to 2 November

Find out more about sharks through the documentaries and live broadcasts with shark experts, for example how long does a great white shark live and how do sharks breed? You can also try and win a shark’s tooth by answering a quiz about sharks!

Meeting with a shark handler and Bernard Seret, scientific oceanographer

Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 October 2016 at 2.15pm

Bernard Seret, who trained as an oceanographer and biologist, is now a fish scientist and a retired researcher from the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD). He has been studying the biodiversity of shoals of fish for almost 30 years, taking part in numerous expeditions and research programmes. He has some 200 publications to his name, including descriptions of 44 new species and books for the general public. His work also covers biology and fishing for sharks and rays. As an expert in this field, he advises national and international bodies and has helped to draft a number of action plans for the management and conservation of shark populations.

Bernard Seret will also be the guest speaker at the Special Shark Evening

Wednesday 26 October 2016 at 7pm

After the screening of the film, “Méditerranée, le royaume perdu des requins”, by Stéphane Granzotto and François Sarano, Bernard Seret will share his knowledge of sharks with the audience – the number of known species, the state of shark populations, recent discoveries etc.

Free evening – For information and booking, phone +33 (0) 321 309999 or email

Gathering shark egg cases on the beach

Search for catsharks’ egg cases on local beaches and bring them to NAUSICAA.

This will help researchers at Ifremer to find out more about a shark that lives on our coasts, the catshark, and improve their knowledge of conservation.

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Number of sharks at NAUSICAA: NAUSICAA is home to over a hundred sharks.

Number of species: there are more than ten species of shark at NAUSICAA.

Species in the NAUSICAA displays: grey shark, bull shark, nurse shark, stroller shark, starry smoothhound, carpet shark, leopard shark and zebra shark.

Shark displays: the sharks can be seen in the “Open Sea” area, the Californian basin, the tropical lagoon, the touch pool (yes, catsharks are part of the shark family) and the “Islands Stories” exhibition.

The oldest sharks: A shark lives for 30 years on average. Four of our sharks (1 bull shark and 3 grey sharks) have been living at NAUSICAA since 1991.

Births: There are frequent births among our European coastal sharks (small spotted catshark and nursehound) and our involvement in various breeding programmes is expected to lead to births in other species in the near future.

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