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Sealcentre Pieterburen, the charity you can visit.

Here you'll witness how our team cares for seals that have encountered difficulties. From here, you'll discover how we work our hardest to prevent those problems. We can't do that alone. We depend 100% on your support, such as a donation or a visit to our center. Your contribution really works. Together we will look after the seal and the sea. And starting this summer, we have a new exhibition.


We invite you into the living room of a real Wadden Sea inhabitant. No, not the seal, but the Pacific oyster. 

Groei van Japanse Oester

You may have come across this oyster while mudflat hiking or in the harbour of Lauwersoog (from where we sail out to release seals). Or maybe you've even eaten one before. But of course, the Pacific oyster is much more than just that. As its name suggests, this oyster is not from the Netherlands. With its Asian origins, this animal has a remarkable history.

We guide you through that history. After all, how does a Japanese oyster become a 'Netheroyster'? On a globe, you can see the journey the oyster has made and the places it ended up. You can also watch a number of documentaries about oysters and oyster beds in the Netherlands and play games to learn more about the relationships between plants and animals in the Wadden Sea.

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De Japanse oester in Pieterburen

Did you know...

that the Pacific oyster can live up to 20 years? Learn that and much more at the Sealcentre's new exhibition. See you soon in Pieterburen?


The Pacific oyster in the Wadden Sea

The exhibition is an expression of our cooperation with the Stichting Geïntegreerde Visserij, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Hogeschool Van Hall Larenstein and Rijkswaterstaat. This year, a study on oyster beds in the Wadden Sea will start. What kind of Wadden Sea inhabitants descend on the oyster beds in the Wadden Sea? Is there a difference in which oyster banks are good for their environment or, on the contrary, benefit from some oysters? Can oyster fishermen manage oyster beds responsibly? These and other questions will be investigated over the next three years.

Collaboration art academy Minerva

For this exhibition, we collaborated with three students from art academy Minerva. They made two videos for us. One video is fully animated and shows the hard life of an oyster: its survival from tiny incipient cell to adult oyster. 

Animatie japanse oester

Animation about the Japanese oyster created by: Jasmine Stardes and Sabine van Hoek

The other is a stop-motion video about a day on the oyster bed: what plants and animals occur there during low tide? These two videos are exclusive to us. Will you come and watch them soon?

Stop motion japanse oester

Stop motion about the Pacific oyster: created by Marieke Druiven