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MAURITIUS DISCOVERY
» 01 May 2008
AQUARIUM MAURITIUS

Situated in the picturesque coastal village of Pointe aux Piments, Aquarium Mauritius proposes a stunning display of Mauritian marine life which will delight both children and adults. Home to over 200 species (from Scorpion fish, clownfish and hermit crabs to moray eels, turtles and sharks) it transports us into an underwater world of adventures and allows us to discover a very special facet of Mauritius.

The aquarium comprises numerous tanks and pools, set amidst a beautiful garden where guests may admire the Mauritian flora. Emphasis is laid on interaction and hence, at the entrance, a freshwater pond greets visitors who will delight in feeding an array of colourful carps.The circuit of tanks is designed in such a way that visitors may
move around leisurely and view the creatures from different angles and at close quarters.Thus, the exquisite multitude of forms and colours can be fully appreciated.

 Amongst the mesmerizing sea creatures we find the clownfish.We may observe how this species form a symbiotic relationship with the sea anemone, 'Anemone Magnifica'. The clownfish feeds on undigested matter which could harm the sea anemone. The sea anemone, in return, provides safety to the clownfish due to its poison. Clownfish and certain damselfish are the only species of fish that can avoid the potent poison of a sea anemone. Most breeding pairs of clownfish, consisting of a single mating female and one mating male, cohabit with a few non-mating smaller male fish.When the dominant female dies, the dominant male changes sex and becomes the female, thus exhibiting a sexual lifestyle known as 'sequential hermaphroditism'.

Another species of great interest is the surgeonfish.They are so named for the scalpel sharp blades that are found on their bodies.When these species are threatened the blade comes out from the back, points forward and is ready to cut. Visitors are also privileged to view the Scintillating Damsel, a territorial species, unique to Mauritius and Reunion.As the visit proceeds visitors are introduced to the Picasso Triggerfish, a magnificent aquarium species whose name was inspired from the abstract golden, blue, black and white markings that characterise it.

This world of colours and grace is by no means devoid of thrill and adventure. The stonefish reminds us of the power of camouflage and of the danger lurking     in the mysterious realms of the sea. Indeed, the stonefish is claimed to be the most venomous fish in the world. Powerful predators are also present: the gray reef shark, for example, moves assertively in the largest tank (over 15m long) which is also known as "The Deep". The sharks, together with the Leopard moray eel, will not fail to evoke     a mixture of wonder and trepidation in visitors.Amidst them swims the mascot of the aquarium, the Titan triggerfish, as curious as ever and always ready to interact with guests.     

Aquarium Mauritius prides in providing an engaging aquarium experience to all. The exciting and innovative exhibits not only leave us in awe of Nature's astonishing deeds, but also awake us to the need of preserving the beauty and diversity of our aquatic environment.

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