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The seals are a definite must when you come to Texel. You can see them from very close by at the Ecomare seal sanctuary. Ecomare has much much more to offer too. It's the idea place for the whole family to have a fun and interesting day out.

The seal sanctuary

Ecomare rescues seals that wouldn't be able to survive by themselves: these are young animals that have lost their mothers and are unable to take care of themselves and animals that are weak as a result of illness. When they have recovered, they are returned to the Texel beach or to a sandbank in the Wadden Sea.
Ecomare has a number of permanent residents too. These include seals that cannot be returned to the wild because they are blind.


You will find porpoises at Ecomare too. Feeding time is used to check the health of these intelligent and likeable animals. Keepers look in their mouths and get them to roll over onto their backs.

Sea aquarium

Dive underwater in the Sea Aquarium. Different habitats are simulated in large, open sea aquariums. Young fish, crabs and starfish live in the Wadden Sea aquarium, while large ones swim in the large North Sea aquarium. You can see different types of sharks and rays, sea anemones, shellfish and lobsters; how much lives in our sea!

Nature Museum

In the museum of Ecomare you will find fascinating exhibitions about the mudflats, the sea and the animals that live there. Discover the magic of the mudflats in the new exhibition Wonderlijk Wad, follow the scientists in their research in Waddenstad and be amazed at the enormous size of a sperm whale and humpback whale in the Walviszaal.


The Ecomare shop can be found near the cash desk in the hall. Here you will find great souvenirs and gifts as well as various books, field guides and maps. Please go to the shop if you have any nature-related questions.

What Ecomare
Where Ruijslaan 92 De Koog
Open Daily from 09.30 am -17.00 pm

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