Sunday June 13 2010 / Science & Technology

The British Natural History Museum is running an exhibition called The Deep about life in the very deep oceans.

Visitors enter the weird and wonderful world of life a depths down to 11,000 metres, which is less explored than the surface of the moon.

Many of the bizarre creatures, astonishing images and real specimens are on display for the first time

If you lived down here, you would look wierd too!

Microscopic animals rule the deep ocean in terms of numbers. Tiny and soft bodied, they are hard to see and to preserve and also to display in a realistic way. In the late 1800s Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka began making glass models of sea creatures. Some of these exquisitely delicate and acclaimed Blaschka models are on display.

One of the exhibition highlights is a life-size model of a walk-in submersible for visitors to investigate.

The largest of the deep sea giants is the giant squid, the biggest ever recorded is nearly 17 metres/56 feet long! The biggest Japanese spider crabs can have a leg span of up to 4 metres/13 feet.

In a fight between a giant squid and a sperm whale, who would win? Suspended up high in the gallery ceiling are models of both in simulated battle. No one has ever seen a battle between a giant squid and a sperm whale, but scientists have found evidence for these clashes.

The Deep exhibition runs from the 28th May to the 5th of September 2010. For more information, please visit www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/thedeep

Suggested by
Ian Skellern