“More men have walked on the moon than have dived to the deepest part of our ocean”
Have you ever wondered of how is life in the deep sea? What animals and plants that can live in the darkest and deepest part of the ocean? Researchers has been conducting studies and exploration about the deep sea for a century and thanks to their unending works, we know that there is actually life at the great depth sea.
Even until the late nineteenth century, humans believed there was no life in the eternal dark, the almost inconceivable pressure, and the extreme cold that exist below one thousand meters. The fact is, below 200 meters, lies the largest habitat on earth (source from wikipedia).
“Below 200 M depth, there is no plant life in the oceans. Everything is either animal or mineral”
For you who want to know more about life in the deep sea, Claire Nouvian is making your wish come true by designing The Deep Exhibition in Art Science Museum in Marina Bay Sands (this is also a temporary exhibition and will end by the end of next month). She is the president and founder of the nonprofit conservation organization BLOOM, and her research and activities focus on deep-sea, and also the author of “The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss” ——–yes, I read her profile which was displayed in the museum while waiting for the boy read other things, and her book was also in the souvenir shop, and it was a think but very interesting book.
Since the exhibition is about the deep sea, be prepared to enter an almost dark rooms during the exhibition, and even in one of the exhibition room, we needed to use a flashlight which was provided by the staff to see the displayed materials.
For the boy, it was very interesting and he was even the one who urged me to take him to see this exhibition. He loved to study about the fish, and since it was very difficult to find special books about the deep dark sea, this exhibition was a good way for him to learn more about life in the deep ocean. The fish looked so real and I must say it was an amazing work of Claire and her team to make such a tremendous display like that. She is absolutely an ocean lover.
I can’t imagine living in the deepest and darkest part of the ocean like those animals, it must be gloomy and scary. It is definitely an unfriendly environment to human kind, and one of the least explored areas on Earth.
Thankfully the fish have special adaptations to cope with these conditions, and as you can see………they are totally different from the fish that we used to know. For example, because light is so scarce, the deep sea fish often have larger eyes than normal.
“The midwater is a vast, open jungle affording no possibility of seclusion. Danger is constant and can come from any directions: the sides, the front, the back, above, or even below”
There is still an Abyssal Plain, underwater plain on the deep ocean floor, found at depths between 4000 and 6000 m. It is also the deepest part of the seafloor.
That wasn’t all, there are still other animals who live at the bottom of the ocean like these:
Overall, everything was very interesting although dark and gloomy inside. There was even a short movie about life in the deep sea, and the boy watched it twice. He also brought his small notebook and wrote down some of the information. Well, if you like this kind of thing, it’s good for you and you will learn about many things, but if marine education is not your thing…………..you’ll definitely get bored instantly.
At the end of the exhibition hall and before we exited through the souvenir shop, there was a small area dedicated for kids who wanted to make their own sea animals. Everything was provided (scissors, tape, marker, and also recycling materials). Of course kids had so much fun making their imaginary sea creatures.
“The endless frontier of the immediate future is not outer space but the vast space beneath the sea” -Robert S Dietz-
Then both of us hurriedly went to the MBS food court because we were sooooo……….hungry. I had this minced pork noodle with special sauce and it was sooooo………good and yummy and I’ve been craving for this dish again since then.