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April-Oct. 10 am - 5 pm, Sat, Sun and holidays 1-4 pm
Nov.-March by announcement
As a living showcase the research, teaching and display aquarium of the Biologische Anstalt Helgoland provides the visitors with impressions of the underwater world of the North Sea. Particularly, the intertidal shores and the underwater cliffs and rock formations which extend more than 35 square kilometres around Helgoland shelter the most speciose flora and fauna of the German North Sea coast.
19 big tanks showcase more than 100 different animal and plant species, like e.g. one of the last European sturgeons, wolffish, sharks and last but not least the rare blue lobster.
The natural filling of the tanks with fresh sea water, which contains microorganisms and food particles, is unique in Germany. The natural living conditions prompt many of the presented fish, crustaceans and other small animals to procreate regularly.
Scientists as well as national and international research projects benefit from the aquarium being a close to nature research institution and from the know-how on keeping and breeding of the particular organisms which has been acquired over a long time.
The aquarium also has proven to be a valuable film location for marine-related educational and television films.
thematic focus: Aquarium
Adults 2,60 €, children under 16 years 1,50 €
Groups of pupils 1,- € per person
Groups of adults with more than 10 persons 1,60 € per person