The Main Stage & Abyss
Returning to the main stage, where VIPs present a ballet each day for visitors to the Grand Aquarium. Continuous show, with their finest finery. First, the Abysses, the place glagla!! Where flutter the jellyfish Aurelie and other small and large VIPs. Thomas is at home, he introduces us to the various residents. He explains his morning ritual: check all the aquariums and make sure that all the occupants are fine. Today, I have the privilege of not being just a spectator! Thomas asks us to observe the different species. I put myself in his shoes, and I really understood what the job of a caretaker was all about. He asked us to specifically observe the occupants of one of the aquariums. We looked carefully and we saw small white spots on the pine cone fish. Obviously we would never have noticed it if Thomas had not been there to accompany us. He reassures us, explaining that it is not too serious but that his attention is focused on these fishes at the moment. And that of course, like us the fish can be sick and that like us, we go to work even with a little cold! “The Show must go on”, let’s not forget it!A stop in front of the crabs of Japan, to admire the beauty of their shells. Thomas tells us that as they grow their shells become too small. They escape by creating a hole in it. Then over time, a new shell is formed to their size. To put it more simply, they grow and change clothes… just like us when we go from size 8 to 12! Then my gaze goes to a majestic blue lobster, Mr. Lobster, who is missing a claw … The whole group has the same reaction as me: “Oh no the poor guy”. Thomas explains to us that his moult did not go well. Yes, he waited too long to change his costume and during his moult, his clip got stuck in the sleeve. He reassures us at once by explaining us that the claws of lobster grow back! Phew! And there my thought was: “humm a claw of lobster with a little mayonnaise! Then another aquarium with three small sharks, two females and one male, the lucky one you might say! Thomas asked us again to observe and we noticed that one of the females had very damaged fins, but why? Isn’t the poor girl happy in this ménage à trois ? Well no, it’s just the opposite, it’s going great, mating in sharks is quite violent and this female became a happy mother of 7 baby sharks! This was the Carnet rose moment of this article!”A final hello to the roommates of these sharks, the barracudas. Obviously we are not talking about Mister T of the A-Team, we greet them even if they did not want an interview!”The discovery continues and we go to meet the horseshoe crabs. We go back to the back of the set where there is a whole system allowing to filter the water, to remove the bacteria, to pass this water to the filters UV, for a deep cleaning and the last stage, a system of putting back to the good temperature. This is the system that we find for all the basins of the large aquarium, all residents are housed in the same place. All VIPs!!
The warm seas
Our immersion continues inthe warm seas, and there it is quite hot! Direction the ring of the seas with the big boarders of the Great Aquarium, the Bull sharks. Big beasts, which are taken in respect by “Martine” the turtle and her friends, as well as “Jojo” the grouper. Here the hierarchy is not always what we think! If one of the sharks dares to take “Martine’s” food, she gets out her little teeth! Moreover, “Suzie”, the nurse shark, is also caught if she dares to rest in the turtle’s favorite place! Second stop, in the warm seas, the seahorse aquarium. The whole family is there. The future seahorse fathers keep their offspring warm. And yes gentlemen, in the seahorse family, it is the fathers who are “pregnant”… nice example of equality !