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Creatures of the Abyss Now Open at the Lawrence Hall of Science


Berkeley, California – 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 is now open to the public.

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 or visit

Creatures of the Abyss is a production of Science North, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

The Lawrence Hall of Science: The mission of The Lawrence Hall of Science is to inspire and foster the learning of science and mathematics for all. The Hall is the public science center of the University of California, Berkeley, and an innovative leader in the field of science and mathematics education. Engaging students and their families in the fascination behind science and math, The Hall connects with classrooms, schools and communities. The Hall also designs and disseminates effective instructional materials and exhibits while creating distinctive learning and leadership opportunities for educators. The Hall is committed to serving all, especially those with limited access to science and mathematics.



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