The Australian Museum aren’t just skimming the surface with this exhibition - they are diving down deep to expose the fascinating, dark depths of the ocean and all its bizarre locals.
Featuring interactive exhibits, multimedia and real specimens collected by Australian Museum scientists, this family-friendly exhibition will showcase all the weird and rare creatures that call it home including the vampire squid, the sea mouse, bioluminescent fish and squat lobsters (pictured). There will even be a special appearance from meme generating ‘Mr Blobby
’ - a funny looking fathead found more than 1000 metres deep in the Tasman Sea.
Our seven-year-old contributor Bill Blake recently took the plunge into Deep Oceans. Here's what he made of it:
"When I went into the Deep Oceans exhibition, the first thing I liked was the giant Ocean Sunfish. It was very, very, very, very big. It looked like a finned, oversized pancake. I also liked the giant squid fossil. Sailors used to think the giant squid that they found washed up on the beach were kraken. That’s where the kraken myth comes from.
"The first room in the exhibition feels like a submarine. You can hear ocean noises, and it’s really dark in there. It is great.
"Then you go through a big tunnel with projections of deep-sea animals on the sides. Then you walk into a big dark room with squid models and a replica of the Bathysphere, a round submersible which was lowered into the sea in the 1930s. You get to go in it and listen to deep-sea divers’ voices.
"The room is full of all different interactive things. It has a demonstration of water pressure using white polystyrene cups and a polystyrene head. I learned that at about 25m the cups were starting to squish up. I also learned that the colours of the fish appear different at different depths. It’s pitch black at one kilometre down –imagine being 11 kilometres down (the Mariana Trench is the deepest trench in the world, but the Tongan trench isn’t far off).
"Why are sea creatures so freaky looking? It is for survival. The angler fish with the so-called fishing rod has a light so it can lure prey, and its gigantic teeth are used for trapping its prey in its mouth. The angler fish in the museum is colossal but most of them are quite small.
"The coolest thing about the whole exhibition is feeling like you’re actually under the sea. I also liked looking through the porthole and seeing different sea creatures like a squid, angler fish and a great white shark.
"I recommend it to people who like very big creatures."