This was the introductory film to the exhibition "The Abyss" which was shown earlier this year. The viewer in invited to take place in a deep-sea exploration module and to explore the ocean's greater depths.
This hawksbill turtle had been a resident of the Aquarium since late 2008. It was released to the ocean from Fun Beach (Anse Vata, Noumea) in front of an enthusiastic crowd, including many children, and was the occasion for passing along information about the animal, the species it belonged to, its life cycle and habits, and to reinforce the message of the importance of turtle conservation.
The film shows the fixing of a satellite tracking transmitter on the back of a loggerhead turtle, so that the animal could be followed in its travels after laying her eggs on the beach at Bourail (New Caledonia) in February 2007. The turtle headed straight for Australia, a little south of Torres Straights, where she returned to her feeding grounds. It took 63 days to make the journey, covering 2575 km.
In August 2009, the Aquarium des Lagons released a nurse shark weighing over 250 kg. She (it was a female, fondly nicknamed Mammy by the staff) was getting to be too big for her tank. In order to transfer her to her natural element, she had to be anaesthetised and lifted by helicopter! Since that, she has been occasionally spotted near a small islet in the southern lagoon reserve..