Aquarium of lagoons

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History
History Today, about 150,000 people visit the Aquarium.
2014
Opening of the outdoor turtle pond.
2013
July 2013 : Opening of a new exhibit concerning seagrass environments, with a panoramic viewing turret.
2012
September 2012 : Operation “Baby turtles”. As part of a large scientific project, release of about 50 baby turtles equipped with tracking transmitters. Members of the public were encouraged to “sponsor” a baby turtle each.
2011
September 2011 : Opening of the new PHE (Experimental wet environment facility) building, designed to host and acclimatize new specimens and for various research activities.
2011
July 2011 : Opening of the flashlight fish display (photoblepharons).
2010
Opening of a new “mangrove” display, presenting, among others, mudskippers, fiddler crabs and, in their own raised pond, mud crabs.
2009
Demolition of the original Aquarium buildings to make room for the new PHE (Experimental wet facility) building designed to host and acclimatize new specimens, and for various research activities.
2007
Formal opening of the new ‘Aquarium des Lagons’, a public establishment jointly administered by the Territory of New Caledonia, the Southern Province and the City of Noumea.
2005
Closing of the old Aquarium de Noumea
2003
It had been obvious since the 90’s that the old Aquarium badly needed renovating, but the original buildings were too dilapidated to be worth fixing. It was decided to demolish and build anew. The design process was complex, and construction ...
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2000
Birth of the first baby nautilus at the Aquarium
1977
The Aquarium is puchased by the City of Noumea and becomes the municipal Aquarium.
1962
The Aquarium of Noumea is the first in the world to display live nautilus.
1958
René Catala, founder of the Aquarium, discovers the fluorescent qualities of certain corals.
1957
Opening of the new Aquarium de Nouméa, founded by Dr René Catala and his wife Ida Stucki. From an early age René Catala, a native of the Vosges region of France, took an interest in the natural sciences, and particularly the ...
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