Sea Creatures exhibition only display real sea specimens, which detail 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 can be touched and handled, do not smell or decay and retain most properties of the original sample.
Our fascination with the blue planet, marine conservation and species conservation, 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.