The Oceanographic Museum is offering two dives totaling thirty minutes in the waters of the Philippines. All without leaving dry land.
No need for a mask, snorkel or bulky fins to swim with orcas and dolphins. Althougha small virtual reality helmet is required. Once the process was explained to the audience and they headed under water, the designated captain of the ‘Tubbataha Nature Park’ gave one final instruction. “For obvious safety reasons, I will ask you not to get up during the dive to avoid any collisions,” warns Marine Ripoli. The new technology plunges through ocean waters to deliver a unique experience for summer visitors at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, until 3 September. A double dive with a total duration of thirty minutes in the waters of the Philippines, entitled ImmerSEAve360°. In addition to the photographic retrospective of the Tubbataha marine site, the Museum’s Conference Hall hosts this unique activity in the Principality twice a day. “Visiting whales, sperm whales, dolphins and some unexpected species is just magic,” says Richard, a German visiting the Oceanographic Museum for the third time, a place which welcomes nearly 650,000 people every year. His two children missed out on testing the waters in the summer of 2016, which marked the first edition of this activity, open to all. His daughter’s feelings are quite different. “I was afraid because a crab crawled on me.”
Tiziana Caporale, the person in charge of the activity, insists on the educational aspect of this immersion. “For the second consecutive year, we have been using this technology to help our public discover ecosystems around the world.” A militant approach to the ecological cause which connects with causes defended by Prince Albert II, who also revived the tradition of great explorations in the world. The sovereign is also one of the few human beings present in the virtual animation at the Oceanographic Museum.
Activity accessible without reservation, daily at 1:30pm and 2:30.Tarif: extra charge of 8 euros per person. Free for children under 12 years of age.
Many More Activities too!
The Tactile Pool: Touch a starfish, feel the prickles of a sea urchin, caress a Mediterranean baby shark. Supplement of 6 euros per child (3 to 12 years), 15 children max per session, online reservation or at the ticket booth. Every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at noon. Every day at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm.
Feed the animals in the tactile pool: Supplement of 8 euros per child (4 to 12 years), 15 children max per session. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday noon.
I protect the oceans: Through a new basin, created in collaboration with the artist Philippe Pasqua, discover what all too often inhabits the oceans and coasts: waste! Every day at 3:30pm.
Discover bioluminescent coral: Every day, animations at 12:00pm and 3pm.
“Coral, heart of the ocean” film screening: Follow the expedition of Prince Albert II to the Tubbataha Reef Natural Park in the heart of the Sulu Sea, registered at Unesco World Heritage. Everyday. French version at 12:30pm and English version at 1:00pm.
“Tubbataha” Exhibition: 21 photographs of the Tubbataha Reef marine site (in “XXL” format). Until 31 August.
Sound and Light: Discover the skeletons of the fin whale, orca or narwhal as you have never seen them before. Every hour, from 10am to 7pm.
Fish snacks: Do not miss the daily meal of lagoon residents: the sharks! Every day at 11:15 am.
Feeding: In the company of an animator, help withfeeding one of the animal residents while discovering the habits and secrets of aquariologists! Every day at 5:15pm.
“Borderline” by Philippe Pasqua: Exhibition of monumental works until 30 September.