Research facility Marine Science Center
The Marince Science Center is located within the Marina Hohe Düne. Inside the marina and directly at the eastern breakwater of the river Warnow the institute is accommodated in the white-blue ship called "Lichtenberg" which is more than 50 m long. The ship's interior offers everything that is needed for a research institute starting with computer workplaces, a library, a workshop, a seminar room, cabins for scienitific guests up to a comfortable kitchen.
Furthermore the ship houses everything that is needed to run experiments with the seals such as a fish kitchen and a deep freezer to store fish. The seals themselves are kept within a large net pocket, in which the institute ship is laying, too. The net pocket was inserted directly into the Baltic Sea. The enclosure resulting from the net pocket has dimensions of 60 x 30 m and is up to 6 m deep. It is thus the largest seal research facility worldwide.
The facility is equipped with a watergate at the most southern point of the enclosure that allows to securely gate boats in and out of the enclosure. These boats will be needed for running experiments with the seals at open sea. A chamber can be found on each of two platforms. One chamber is perfectly equipped for running visual and acoustical experiments; the other chamber serves to keep the fur seal during the cold winter months.
Besides the different enclosures found within the net pocket in which experiments can be conducted the seals are also working in a pool on the quaterdeck of the institute ship. The facility offers manifold possibilities for the animals to haul out such as various platforms as well as the pontoons bordering the enclosure.
Since a couple of months four octopods are kept in a 3000 liters seawater aquarium on the bow of the insitute ship because we want to unravel the sensory and cognitive abilities of these estonishing animals.
The whole facility can be overseen from the sundeck. Visitors are welcome to observe the scientific work and the animal training from 10 am to 4 pm daily during the season (Science live).