Descend to the Deepest Parts of the Ocean at the Newest Exhibition at the Lawrence Hall of Science

Contact: The Hall Newsroom: 510-643-8980


Berkeley, California February 14, 2011 – The ocean contains more than 99% of the living space on the planet, yet only 3% of it has been explored. Almost every time scientists visit the deep ocean they discover new species.  Catch the spirit of exploration by visiting the new exhibition at The Lawrence Hall of Science, Creatures of the Abyss, which opened to the public this week.

Creatures of the Abyss takes visitors on a virtual journey to the most inaccessible ecosystem on Earth – the deep ocean.  Descend to the darkest depths of the ocean and discover some extraordinary, mysterious, and downright strange creatures.  Entangle yourself in the tentacles of a life-sized model of a colossal squid -- the largest known species of squid!  Step inside the Bioluminescence Theatre and find out how deep sea animals like hatchetfish, anglerfish, and black dragon fish produce fantastic colored light shows to lure prey and communicate in complete darkness  Or, hitch a simulated ride on Alvin, the world's first deep-ocean submersible vehicle.

“Creatures of the Abyss offers visitors the opportunity to take on the role of a marine scientists for the day as they explore environments, discover the amazing creatures in this largely unknown world, and learn from the scientists who explore the deep sea” said Gretchen Walker, Community and Visitor Program Director at The Lawrence Hall of Science. “Some of these fascinating discoveries come from nearby Monterey Canyon (featured in the exhibition), the largest underwater canyon in North America.”

The exhibit is open to the public daily 10am to 5pm and offers special programs for community and school groups. General admission of $6-$12 (members, UC Berkeley students and children under three receive complimentary admission to this exhibit). The lower-level cafeteria is available for lunch and snacks and visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic for enjoying the outdoors on warmer winter days. For more information, call 510-642-5132.