At the Aquarium de la Porte Dorée, visitors can see a variety of saltwater and freshwater creatures from fish to alligators. Now — until May 18, 2014 — this Parisian aquarium is hosting a special exhibition called ‘Seashells and Crustaceans’ (‘Coquillages et crustacés’) allowing visitors to discover some very interesting specimens that reside in Papua New Guinea and have never been seen before.
This is being done through the display of photographs of around 500 species from that region. These photographs were taken by a team of 200 travelers during a research trip to Papua New Guinea. The team included researchers, students and even simple nature lovers who visited the island of New Guinea in order to experience its rich yet not very well known biodiversity. The trip was organized in collaboration with France’s National Museum of Natural History, the non-governmental agency Natura International and the French Institute for Development Research.
As a result of the research conducted by the team, between 500 and 1,000 species of marine life were found in the Madang Province of Papua New Guinea. This was possible thanks to the support of the Papuans, who assisted the researchers in their explorations over the course of three months. During this time they took numerous pictures and video clips, and their photographic journey is now being showcased by Aquarium de la Porte Dorée.
Guests staying at the Hôtel de la Tour Maubourg can check out the photographic collection of shelled specimens and crustaceans from Papua New Guinea during their trip to Paris in the winter or spring. The exhibit ‘Seashells and Crustaceans’ is part of an ongoing cycle of exhibitions held by the Aquarium de la Porte Dorée called ‘The Planet Revisited.’ From Mozambique to Madagascar, the cycle reveals the amazing marine life that resides in faraway places known for their biodiversity.