Experience life in the cool seas, see creatures from our coastal waters and discover the mysteries of deep-water dwellers. The Cool Seas exhibition lets you explore the diversity of life living in cold water.
This exhibition looks at two different cool seas; the Northern seas which border the Polar Regions and the deep seas. At depths greater than 200 metres, life in the deep sea is comparatively barren with mysterious creatures adapting to this harsh environment.
The darker zone of Cool Seas draws you into the depths of the oceans where you can marvel at the bizarre species that call these cold waters home. From the ancient nautilus to the unusual ratfish, the sea stars to the mesmerising jellyfish, these waters are home to a wealth of life.
The depths of the oceans are a tough place to live, reaching temperatures of -50 ̊C at 1,000 metres and with pressure of over 100 times that at the surface. Without light at these depths, animals must develop unique methods to hunt. Use the stationed interactives to explore why animals use bioluminescence, from luring prey to communication, it’s up to you to figure out who does what, and why. Discover all about ocean currents and which species are under threat from over-fishing and pollution.
Protected by the angle of the Earth from the full power of the sun, and with more distinct seasons, these cool seas contain some of the largest, most productive eco-systems in the world.