Aquarium Exhibit – A journey through the seas of the North

Ozeaneum, Foundation German Oceanographic Museum

With more than 50 aquariums, OZEANEUM Stralsund presents a journey through the underwater world of the northern seas – unique in Europe.

Baltic Sea Aquariums
Our exploration begins at the Stralsund docks. Passing through the shallow coastal waters and meadows of sea grass in the Baltic Sea, past the chalk cliffs of Rügen and Scandinavia's skerry archipelagos, visitors experience the diverse oceanic flora and fauna available right on our doorstep.

Aquarium staff first succeeded in breeding their own jellyfish in 2013. Ever since, we have been able to admire these fascinatingly beautiful creatures on our Baltic Sea tour regardless of the time of year.

With the reopening of the OZEANEUM after almost 40 years in the German Oceanographic Museum, the mighty sturgeon also found a new home in a specially designed estuary tank.

The Russian Sturgeon significantly differs from other species of sturgeon with its bright color and short snout.

Cod is one of the most well-known Baltic Sea fish, a classic in the OZEANEUM’s Baltic Sea aquarium.

The common octopus is one of the smartest creatures in the sea. With a bit of luck, OZEANEUM’s visitors will be able to observe an octopus playing.

The langoustine (also known as the Dublin Bay prawn or Norway lobster) makes its home in a burrow it digs itself in soft silt. They can live to be more than 10 years old.

North Sea Aquariums 
In the second section of the building, the journey continues in the Wadden Sea, passing through the North Sea all the way up to the Arctic Ocean and back to the open Atlantic.

The skeleton at the base of the schooling fish tank is from a dead sperm whale found on the North Sea coast in the winter of 1997/98. Divers carry out regular inspections.

A good feature for identifying grouper is their markedly protruding lower jaw and relatively large head.

A sperm whale skeleton attracts curious glances on the floor of the aquarium. It offers museum visitors a mysterious perspective on the floor of the open Atlantic.

The ray’s pectoral fins are completely fused to its body. This gives most rays a flat shape, and they swim by moving their pectoral fins close to the seabed.

These are characterized by their dark bands, which are arranged radially, reminiscent of a compass rose. The jellyfish’s venom can cause skin irritations in humans.

Sea cucumbers’ oral tentacles provide information about their favorite food – with its tree-shaped, branching tentacles, this species feeds on passing plankton.

The Scottish Coastal Cave was the last of the large tanks to be completed in the OZEANEUM in February 2010. The tank holds 50,000 liters and even holds spiny lobsters.

Cold-water corals: It has long been thought that corals live only in the well-lit surface waters of the tropics. However, these creatures are also found in extensive reefs along the continental slopes up to 1,500 meters deep. Few aquariums in the world feature these deep-water fish. During an expedition in the Trondheim fjord in Norway, museum divers recovered animals from a depth of over 100 meters.

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