The mysteries of the ocean

Beneath the surface there is a whole world that many of us will never see. The coral sea pen Kophobelemnon stelliferum is one of over 200 species that in Sweden are found only in the northern part of Bohuslän, a province on Sweden’s west coast.

The Tjärnö Marine Laboratory is one of the University’s field stations and is located just outside Strömstad. As well as accommodating researchers and students, the station receives visitors in the form of school classes and the general public. A popular feature is the aquarium, with more than 200 different species.

“The purpose of the aquarium is to present the most typical marine environments of Sweden’s west coast,” says information officer and marine biologist Martin Larsvik.

Every year, the aquarium receives between 5,000 and 10,000 visitors, who can get acquainted with different marine species and even pat some of them.