Oceans: The Planet’s Blue Gold

As the source of all life on earth, oceans constitute absolutely amazing living environments. With 1.3 billion Km3 of salt water, they cover almost two thirds of the globe. Oceans are home to 230,000 animal and vegetable species, among which we can count 18,200 fish and 140 marine mammals; these numbers only represent species presently identified, since we believe there are still four times more that have not yet been discovered! This also means that 80% of our global biodiversity can be found here!

Humans depend on oceans on several levels:

  1. First, they feed over 3.5 billion people on Earth.
  2. Also, thanks to photosynthesis activities produced by microscopic algae (phytoplankton) that thrive in ocean waters, these sea weeds generate more than half the oxygen necessary for the air we breathe; This is more than the oxygen produced by all of the Earth’s forests put together!
  3. Oceans are responsible for our world thermal regulation. Their waters capture the heat emitted by the sun and redistribute it in our temperate zones, especially by means of ocean currents.

However, the quality of our oceans is degrading rapidly and must deal with many pressures:

  • Ocean acidification is the phenomenon by which atmospheric dissolution of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the water has reached such a high level that it has been affecting, among others, the shells of numerous crustaceans as well as the world’s coral reefs.
  • Overfishing along several coastlines threatens entire big fish populations such as tuna and swordfish.
  • This is added to the thousands of kilometres of fish lines and nets dropped in sea waters accidentally hurting sharks, turtles and other marine mammals.

Finally, we find more than 159 million tons of plastic of all kinds in our oceans every year. Oceans are fundamental to life itself on Earth. Through small, simple acts, we can contribute to their protection… and, by the same token, our own:

  • Reduce our plastic consumption,
  • Make sure that our waste ends up in recycling centres,
  • Consume fish species that are not subjected to overfishing,
  • Practise responsible beach ecotourism, etc.

For more information, don’t miss going to our “Oceans adrift” stand at the South Pacific Odyssey pavilion of the zoo during your summer visits.

Testimonials

Amazing place. Perfect for the whole family. They constantly improve their environments and animals collection.

Boris Kosov

It's the 3rd year in a row that my family and I visit this Zoo. Even though it was during the busiest day they had this year, we were able to visit everything and fully enjoy the experience. Don't forget to bring your bathing suit cause they have an amazing wave pool!

Éric Trudel

Our whole family attended yesterday. It was absolutely spectacular. We had a fantastic time! Thanks for the memories!

Samantha Hope

A good place for family outing with zoo, water park and rides all at one place. All the attractions are conveniently placed very close to each other. Food court is good too and you can also bring in your lunch.

Anand Bharadwaj Aryasomayajula

Our family absolutely enjoyed our day! There was so much to do! Park was very clean and staff was very friendly and helpful with any questions!!! We plan on going next year and making it a weekend trip so that we can enjoy the whole park!

Crystal Wilson

Amazing place to take the family! Lots of animals to see, amazing water park and fun rides. Great packages available with hotels close by for out of town visitors. Highly recommend!

Paul Winch

We love going to the zoo. (…) Most of the animals were out and the grandkids were thrilled. I'd never been to the Dinozoo before and I thought it was pretty cool especially with the movement and sounds. The design is great in that it's seperated and all goes back to the center.

Stephen Eyton-Jones

I had an amazing time here with my family! My kids absolutely loved it. Amazing experience :)

Mario Sevo

What a great time. Would definitely go again. The zoo care takers are amazing at what they do and so friendly. I would recommend if you have never gone it's a bucket list. Oh and don't forget to go and pet the sting rays.

Jamie Krichtoff

First time visiting here on our annual summer week in Québec. We went for the 2 day family pass, and had an amazing time. The 2 days allowed us to take our time around the park, and gave plenty of time as well for cooling off at the Amazoo. We'll definitely come back!

JR Bélanger

We had an excellent time! We have not been in over 10 years and are so glad we went! The park is clean. The food was well priced for a theme park. We loved the Dinozoo! We have terrible French speaking abilities but appreciated your courteous and friendly staff, we felt welcome!

Bonnie Diane