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Wed 30 Aug 2006
Deep Sea Exhibition opens at the Singapore Science Centre's Omni-theatre
Category : education
The deep sea exhibition opened on Mon 21 Aug 2006 at the Singapore Science Centre's Imax Theatre with an introductory tour for pre-school teachers.
The Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) conceived and developed the exhibition along several themes:
- The Deep Sea,
- Physical Environment of the Deep,
- Deep Sea World
- A different kind of life
- Let there be light!
- History of deep sea exploration
- Bestiary of the deep
- Deep sea research
- Research and New discoveries
- Conservation and New Frontiers
This exhibition will also feature some of the deep sea organisms belonging to the Raffles Museum's collection, including rare specimens that are being exhibited for the first time outside of the museum:
- Deep sea hermit crab (Probeebei mirabilis), one of the deepest dwelling arthropods known, recorded living at 4775 m, and named after one of the founding fathers of deep sea research, William Beebe.
- Japanese spider crab (Macrocheira kaempferi), the world's largest crab based on leg span. Fully grown, its leg span can reach 4m!
- Champagne crab (Hypothalassia acerba), a spiky crab discovered and named by researchers working at the Raffles Museum in collaboration with colleagues in Western Australia.
- Tasmanian crab (Pseudocarcinus gigas), the world heaviest crab, reaching weights of 14 kg! This crab lives in depths of between 300-400 metres on the margins of southern Australia's continental shelf.
- Australian snow crab (Chaceon, new species). This large crab lives in deep waters off Western Australia and many are caught in large numbers using traps and trawls. They inhabit waters below 400 m, and hundreds of tonnes are caught annually for export to Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. This is a new species now being described by Singapore and Australian researchers.
- Alaskan king crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus). King crabs are not true crabs! Though crab-like, they are more closely related to hermit crabs and are valuable crustaceans living off the cold and deep waters of the northern Pacific.
The exhibit is in the Mercury Room at the Omni-theatre, and can be viewed for free from 22 Aug 2006 to 31 Jan 2007. Opening Hours: 10am to 8pm (Tue-Sun); Closed on Mon except Public Holidays. See the Singapore Science Centre's webpage.
Report by Tan Swee Hee who discovered in July that his team of three had three weeks for conceptualise, research and write up the content!