“Expedition Deep Sea” in the Ozeaneum Sea Museum Stralsund

With an official opening on March 31, 2015, the German Maritime Museum in Stralsund is his theme year “expedition deep sea” started. Based on new exhibition stations in the maritime MUSEUM and cold water coral aquariums in the OZEANEUM, visitors now can inform about the peculiarities of the fascinating and at the same time largest Habitat of Earth.

“Our planet would mean deep, because more than 60 percent of the Earth’s surface are common,” says Dr. Harald Benke, Director of the German Maritime Museum. “The size of the Habitat our knowledge of the deep sea with the beam of a flashlight in the dark basement is comparable to”, so Baig. Even the Moon is better than the lightless depths of 1 000 metres. There are high pressure, darkness and icy temperatures. But at the latest since the legendary dive by Donald Walsh and Jaques Piccard in the Mariana Trench in 1960, it is clear that there is life in the deep sea. Almost 11 000 metres deep, the two researchers saw a flounder in the spotlight of her aboard of TRIESTE, is seen as a model in the ground floor of the MEERESMUSEUMs.

In the Dim light of the new deep sea Hall in the MUSEUM of the sea, visitors can see now more accurate models of bizarre deep-sea creatures. Including the Black Dragon fish with his disproportionately large, a Grasshopper-like lower jaw, the pelican eel reduced almost to mouth and stomach, and the light-producing silver hatchet fish.
Audience favorite could be a meter, high-fidelity replica of a Hells vampire. The squid owes its name to the hide, which is tension between its eight arms. At a depth of cephalopods living 800 to 1500 metres has bluish shimmering, very large eyes and at the ends of its tentacles of light organs, which are reminiscent of claws. Skin flap and photophores can look the squid in the darkness like a vampire.

A newly designed diorama shows the bony remains of a whale carcass on the sea floor. In the barren abyssal plains are dead whales like oases in a desert: feed more than 200 animal species for several decades. The Museum staff with genuine sperm whale ribs and – swirl, 15 hand-crafted sculptures of Hagfish, sharks, and deep-sea fishing, but also with deep sea crab and a giant Isopod designed the semi-circular scenery behind glass.

The special exhibition “Cold water corals in our seas” is located in a second room. Twelve back-lit exhibition panels provide information about the life of corals in the dark and its great biodiversity according to historyaah. Eye-catcher are four almost ceiling-high replicas of coral polyps, which are partly free in space and mysterious light in the darkened exhibition space. The special exhibition in cooperation was realized with the WWF and the Senckenberg Institute in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

In their respective expeditions flyer bring OZEANEUM and maritime MUSEUM the deep highlights of the exhibition guests and invite repeat visitors to explore the Museum locations from a new perspective. The leaflets are available free at the museum ticket office. In the OZEANEUM, the route passes a new, seven-meter deep sea banner on the internal façade of the building. It conveys the dimensions between the familiar to us, yet translucent twilight zone and the deep sea with their typical life. In addition to the fauna significant from a biological perspective, especially the resources of the deep sea play a crucial role for the economy. The permanent exhibition shows exploration and utilisation of the seas, how to with so-called ROVs (remotely operated vehicles), photo slides and deep sea countries to explore the ocean floor, for example, in the search for precious metals ore. At the end of the expedition, the life-size models of a sperm whale and a giant squid deep in the OZEANEUM illustrate our idea of a deep sea clash was never observed. The scene on behalf means that the most secrets of the deep sea must still be lifted.