THE groundbreaking Sea Creatures exhibition is a Goodie.
Don’t take my word for it – just ask naturalist, conservationist, and television presenter on wildlife issues Bill Oddie, one of the comedy trio of yesteryear The Goodies.
Rochdale born Oddie officially launched the unique display you will find at the Royal Horticultural Halls in Greycoat Street, a nine minute hoof from Victoria Station.
Sea Creatures is an interactive and immersive exhibition that takes you on a deep dive into the anatomy of some of the ocean’s most iconic marine species and with the massive following of Blue Planet and the global outcry over plastic bags causing havoc to our wildlife, it is likely to be one of London’s hottest tickets for August.
You can view incredible cross-sections of the animals including whales, penguins and Great White sharks, and even get an up-close glimpse of their complex organs.
There are 50 ethically sourced, real-life specimens of creatures including a Baleen Whale, Whale Shark, Great White Shark, Dolphin, Seal, Octopus, Penguin and Sting Ray on display, allowing visitors to glimpse inside the majestic beasts, learning about the complex life systems within and why we need to protect precious ocean life.
The painstakingly preserved displays use the same plastination process developed by Dr Gunther von Hagens and made famous by artist Damien Hirst, replacing fluids and soluble fats with resins and allowing us to view incredibly accurate ‘cross-sections’ of the creatures.
Alongside the many full-body exhibits will be a host of smaller displays, including the lung and eyeball of a Mink Whale, a whale’s kidney, the egg of a King Penguin, a Sea Lion’s heart and shark’s teeth. In total, over 200 exhibits will be on show.
The educational exhibition will also feature digital interactive experiences, allowing children to immerse themselves in an underwater world.
Sea creatures will be brought to life by a range of virtual reality experiences and will allow visitors to explore the deepest regions of planet earth’s oceans. There’s also an interactive touch table, augmented reality installations, a mini cinema and even a giant ball pit with interactive games that allow children to learn about marine conservation while they play.
Naz Kabir of Culture Event Creative, which is bringing the exhibition to the UK in partnership with the Scottish Association for Maritime Science (SAMS), says: “Our fascination with the oceans is unwavering and the chance to get up-close and hands on with these majestic creatures is an incredible experience for children and adults.
“Sea Creatures gives visitors the chance to learn about the animals who inhabit the same planet as us, but very rarely – if ever – cross our paths, and our interactive and tactile displays create an incredible opportunity to find out more about the creatures themselves, but also the many ways we can become involved in marine conservation and help to preserve the beautiful ocean life that is so important to us all.”
Getting a glimpse into the complex organs and body parts ion a large number of species is a fascinating journey for adult, child or school group.
The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), has written and edited all educational information related to the specimens and wider exhibition content.
Sea Creatures will open on August 4 and runs until August 30.
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