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20 August 2017 - FLUORESCENT CORALS !

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An animal species, very often forgotten because so discreet and unchanging, populates the seabed, serving both as an elegant setting for this silent world and as a natural habitat for microalgae: CORAL
Endowed with a surprising ability, coral is responsible for some very mysterious luminous phenomena ...a multitude of coral species do in fact have the ability to fluoresce and so put on a veritable multicoloured show for the marine life around them!
In order to enable as many people as possible to discover and  enjoy this  display of  almost unreal colours , on 6th March  the  Musée océanographique de Monaco is inaugurating a totally new discovery area , where young and old will  have the opportunity to go night diving  without getting wet, in search of fluorescent corals   !
In a  nocturnal ambience, the curious visitors  will take their seats around a 5, 000 litre  tropical pool above which are  suspended four diver dummies, as if floating in the water, holding in their hands  colour- revealing spotlights.
Montipora rose, Blastomusa, Briareum, Galaxea and other Echinopora appear in the credits of this unique performance: showcased like gems in their jewellery boxes, these corals found principally in the Indo-Pacific region reveal unexpected, captivating hues.  
This area was made possible thanks to the support of the Centre Scientifique de Monaco, Beuchat diving equipment, the aquarium manufacturer Nippura Ltd and Alpheus lighting suppliers.

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  • Bassin Corail Bonjour, Le bassin est accessible tous les jours. Des animations autour de ce nouveau dispositif seront organisées pendant les vacances. Bonne visite L'équipe du Musée
    Friday 31th March 2017 at 11:10
  • Corail de nuit Bonjour. Quels sont les horaires et les tarifs pour cette expérience ? Merci
    Thursday 30th March 2017 at 11:07
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