Ecomare Texel - Go on an excursion to the dunes or tidal flats -
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The Wadden tidal flats and the North Sea are wonderful pieces of nature that we need to take good care of. The Ecomare center on Texel shows you that beauty through a number of exhibitions as well as by means of the creatures that live there: seals and birds.

  • Discover the nature of the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site.
  • See how the seals and porpoises are fed.
  • Join an excursion to the dunes or tidal flats.
Ruijslaan 92
1796AZ De Koog
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Seal sanctuary

Ecomare is a sanctuary for seals that are ill and baby seals that have lost their mother. Once nursed back to health, they are returned to the wild in the Wadden Sea. Every year, the center releases some thirty to forty seals in the Wadden Sea. It used to be different in the past, when all of the seals remained at the sanctuary because they were still being hunted in the wild.

Birds at Ecomare

The birds are struggling now, but they will be happy once all of the oil has been removed from their feathers. You can see how that works at the bird sanctuary. Ecomare welcomes not just oil-smeared birds, but sick or wounded birds as well, and nurses them back to health. All of the birds are released back into the wild after a while.

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