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From this month visitors to Nausicaa, the impressive aquarium in Boulogne-sur-Mer, will experience a new way of seeing the six sea lions housed there.
 
A refurbishment completed earlier this year means the public can now enjoy a view of the sea lion pool in the California reserve from 600 seats on covered terraces overlooking the waters below.
 
An even more unique experience can be enjoyed by walking through the tunnel passing through the millions litres of seawater in the sea lion pool, watching these previously-endangered creatures swim alongside and below their feet.
 
A spokesman for the aquarium said: “At Nausicaa the sea lions are used to man's presence. Medical training sessions are organised every day to make it easier to examine and treat the animals.
 
“Nausicaa is one of the world's leaders for medical training and has received a number of awards for its work at international conferences.”
 
Situated in a former casino, Nausicaa is a wonderful place to learn about the seas, man’s relationship with them and the creatures that call them home. The national sea centre aims to help raise public awareness on ocean-related issues.
 
As well as the Californian sea lions, among the creatures you can see at Nausicaa are the African penguin and the giant octopus. Exhibitions, expert presentation and films also help to bring the world of the oceans to life before your eyes.
 
Getting there
 
Heading to the aquarium at Nausicaa to see the California sea lions for yourself is easy if you take the car on the ferry to France because Boulogne-sur-Mer is only around 30 minutes by car from Calais.


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MyFerryLink offers up to 16 sailing between Dover and Calais every day and you can book your crossing from £19 one way by visiting our booking page on the website or by calling 0844 2482 100.
 
Further information
 
You can find out more about visiting the aquarium in Boulogne-sur-Mer on the Nausicaa website.
 
Boulevard Sainte Beuve, 62203 Boulogne-sur-Mer. Telephone: 03 21 30 98 98
 
Picture credits: (Alexis Rosenfeld - NAUSICAA)

Nausicaa