They have a bad reputation, but far from the usual cliché, the latest exhibition at the Oceanographic museum in Monaco reveals their true nature.
By Frank Davit
The big bad wolves of the oceans, the bloody serial killers, the ogres thirsty for fresh meat … Facing such falsehoods, the Oceanographic museum takes us into the very heart or mouth of the monster. The new residents in the aquarium of the museum: two grey reef sharks, eight leopard sharks, three smooth-hounds can be seen very, very close up. Tactile tanks enable visitors to touch the animals. Spielberg and his Jaws is way out of line.
Sharks are not terrifying. They are just predators that play their part in the eco-system of the oceans, participating greatly in its equilibrium. They are essential to the survival of other species around them. And since they could very well become extinct due to the constant threat by humans, the exhibition raises the alarm. Combined with a cycle of conferences to shed light on the reality, visitors will be able to revise their wrong beliefs, and enjoy a whole range of surprises!
Musée Océanographique de Monaco
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