Despite the fact that over 70% of the earth is covered by water, we still haven’t completely explored it or understood its incredible biodiversity.
This new exhibition at the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle takes you below the waves and into the depths to show you the almost unbelievable creatures that live there.
Avec des créatures géantes et d’autres invisibles à l’œil nu (les micro-organismes représentent plus de 95% de la biomasse de l’océan !), vous verrez les outils utilisés pour observer toute cette faune et comprendre les difficultés rencontrées – la pression de l’eau, le froid, le manque de lumière…
You’ll also learn that the ocean has a lot to teach us! For example, certain molecules can be used in medicine, and the seas are also one of the main sources of bio-inspiration for solving various problems (energy, urbanism, etc.).
The exhibition also talks about the threats faced by the incredible biodiversity (including global warming and pollution), and ends with a presentation of some of the mythical beasts that were once believed to hide in the depths!
Lots of events are happening around the exhibitions:
— The street-artist Teuthis (known for his huge Krakens seen on walls around Paris) has drawn a giant squid on the glass entrance to the Muséum
— A exhibition of photos in the Jardin des Plantes – Les petits des poissons – with 60 photos of fish larvae from the Muséum’s collection
— Free meetings and conferences (more info here)
— La Fête de l’océan from 6th-10th June 2019. The Muséum is getting together with the tropical aquarium at Porte Dorée for five special days, including late night opening on 9th June (10pm) with a showing of The Life Aquatic and something even more exceptional for 8th June which is Oceans Day
There are also guided visits, workshops (the Octopus workshops sounds like fun!), a literary contest called Nouvelles de l’Océan (the first edition of the Muséum’s Literary Prize) and the official catalogue of the exhibition is available here at amazon.fr.
If you’re interested by the exhibition, check out the richly-illustrated official website which has lots of interesting info!