“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.” Sir David Attenborough
Sea Creatures: Life Beneath The Ocean, is an indoor spectacular, a museum-style exhibition containing over 50 full body real specimens and over 150 body parts and organs.
Real sea creatures are on show, which details the physiology, anatomy, and disease that cannot be shown with models. They also allow us to understand that each creature has its own unique features, inside and out. Previous tours in the USA demonstrate how visitors are drawn to real specimens in a way they are not drawn to plastic models.
All specimens have gone through a rigorous plastination process which allows real-life specimens to be displayed in this manner. Plastination is a technique or process used in anatomy to preserve bodies or body parts, first developed by Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977. The process of involves extracting all bodily fluids and soluble fats from specimens, replacing them through vacuum-forced impregnation with reactive resins and elastomers, and then curing them with light, heat, or certain gasses, which give the specimens rigidity and permanence. The specimens do not smell or decay and retain most properties of the original sample.
Our fascination with the blue planet has never been so intense and this exhibition serves that thirst for knowledge. Highlights include full plastinated specimens of a Baleen Whale, Whale Shark, Great White Shark, Seal, Dolphin, Octopus, Penguin, Sting Ray and many more.
Other highlights include plastinated organ specimens including the lung & eyeball of a Mink Whale, Shark Fin & Teeth, Kidney of a Whale, Egg of a King Penguin, Heart of a Sea Lion, transparent and sliced specimens of many types of fish and much more.
This exhibition aims to inspire people to learn about life beneath the ocean, uncover amazing scientific facts and educate themselves about marine conservation. For adults and children alike, it is an eye-opening walk-through experience, which will educate and entertain in equal measure, offering a rare chance to get up close and personal with creatures never displayed before in the UK. A truly unforgettable experience for all!