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Focus or you’ll miss it

Camouflage, by Penne Cole

Camouflage, by Penne Cole

Give it a casual glance, and you’ll miss it. But if you focus and concentrate, you’ll see the outline of the fish, cleverly camouflaged against the pebbly bottom.

I’m in the Monaco Aquarium, officially known as the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, marvelling at its treasures. It’s not the first place that comes to mind when you think of Monaco. The aquarium must seem positively dowdy compared to the glitz and glamour that surrounds the city. From the annual Formula 1 race to the massive yachts in the harbour and the gilded casinos on the hill, Monaco screams money and style. But I think the aquarium and all its treasures can more than hold its own against its more famous counterparts.

Monaco shrouded in clouds, by Penne Cole

Monaco shrouded in clouds, by Penne Cole

It’s a cloudy, drizzly day in Monaco and we aren’t dressed well enough to go to the casinos, so after paying our respects to Grace Kelly, we head on over to the Monaco aquarium. The colourful displays capture our attention for the better part of two hours. In one tank, a shrimp waves a cheerful hello, while in another, a school of clownfish start the hunt for Nemo. The shark lagoon screams for attention, begging us to linger for a while, especially when a giant guitarfish starts shimmying up the sides of the tank. In the Historical Collection, I marvel at the giant whale skeletons – the largest one spans a whopping 18m and weighs 2.8 tons.

Whether you’ve got children in tow or not, the Monaco aquarium is well worth a visit. If you’re dropping by, say hello to the friendly guitar fish for me!

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus.

Practical Information

Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

Av. St-Martin
MC 98000
+377 93 15 36 00

Open daily except for the week of the Formula 1 Grand Prix and Christmas

Prices start from 7 Euros for kids under 12 (free for under 4s), and 14 Euros for adults

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