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Behind the algae

Behind the algae

The River’s waters are home to a wide range of animal species!

  • Jellyfish and its stinging “mane”

    Lion’s mane jellyfish in the water.

    This graceful animal, related to the anemone, moves by contracting its bell-shaped, upper body. Its long tentacles sting. Best not to touch a jellyfish, even one that has washed up on the beach!

    The lion’s mane jellyfish, found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, is the largest jellyfish in the world. Those that live in the Atlantic Ocean can grow to 2 m in diameter and their tentacles can reach 60 m long!

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  • Sea cucumber

    Sea cucumber feeding.

    Despite its name, this is not a vegetable but a rather unique animal, with a soft, elongated body measuring about 10 cm long.

    Although it has five rows of small feet shaped like suction cups, the sea cucumber is very slow-moving.

    Fortunately, its ten, mucus-covered tentacles enable it to catch particles suspended in the water, as well as small organisms, without having to take a single step.
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  • Northern shrimp

    Northern shrimp in the Exploramer aquarium.

    The first Northern shrimp processing plans were set up in Matane, thereby earning the species the nickname Matane shrimp.

    It is the species of shrimp most fished in the Gulf and one of the only Canadian fisheries to have MSC certification (sustainable fishing), because the nets used have been modified to limit accidental catches and destruction of the sea floor.

     
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Behind the algae

The River’s waters are home to a wide range of animal species!

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