MONACO'S OCEANOGRAPHIC MUSEUM
A NEW SPACE FOR A FABULOUS TRIP!
Fragile by human action, sea turtles are in danger
Accessible from the aquarium, this open-air layout takes the visitor on a fabulous journey.
Trained in the wake of these great migrants, he is sensitized to their fragility and invited to commit to their protection. Younger children can also do this through educational activities.
From their life cycle to the threats to their existence, from the magic of laying eggs to their preservation actions, the great adventure of sea turtles is told at the Oceanographic Museum, in a brand new open-air area. This unique space opens a field of discovery, sharing and commitment to sea turtles.
This original, playful and accessible journey takes us on a journey back in time, from the turtles of the origins to the seven species of sea turtles of today, all threatened. What are the dangers to which they are exposed? How can we contribute to their protection? The Institute of Oceanography and its partners give us some keys. A free playbook (available at the reception or in-store) also allows children accompanied by their parents to discover the sea turtles during the Wednesday and weekend activities. 10 missions take them from the aquarium to the showrooms to the panoramic terrace. The goal: to become a true "protector of turtles."
The Monegasque Marine Species Care Centre (CMSEM) is the heart of our
new mechanism for action and awareness. There are neat great mother-of-pearl,
Seahorses... but also sea turtles. Among the most common injuries:
accidental catch in marine nets or debris, split shell, ingestion of plastic or
hook... Our healers are able to handle these protected species
in collaboration with specialist veterinarians and French and European networks
care centres. The opportunity to contribute to the curriculum
biology of these species, their behaviour and their environment.
CMSEM treats turtles collected directly at sea on the Monegasque coast
or nearby. They can also be entrusted to us by other health centres
saturated at the time of support. The Institute of Oceanography is working together
notably with the French Mediterranean Marine Turtle Network (RTMMF), a network managed by the Herpetological Society of France, and the Centre for the Study and Conservation of
Mediterranean turtles (CESTMed) of the King's Grau. All users of the sea (public authorities,
boaters, divers, fishermen...) are invited to alert us in the event of a meeting with
a marine animal in distress.
Before returning to the sea, the turtles pass through a rehabilitation basin of 160 m3, located in the open air, to ensure their ability to return to sea (food, swimming ...). Some of them will be equipped with a "high-tech backpack" packed with sensors. This scientific device will collect essential data on their movements, behaviors or feeding areas.
The public will be able to follow the route of the rehabilitated turtles online. By contributing to their survival, but also to a better knowledge of their life cycle, cmSEM is directly involved in the protection and conservation of these endangered species.