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An Isopod is a deep-sea creature, not an Apple device. PHOTO COURTESY AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC
by Michael Berick
Back in the 1960’s there was a science-fiction TV show called Voyage to the Bottom of Sea. Now you can experience a real-life “voyage to the bottom of the sea” at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s new Ocean Exploration exhibit. Incorporating new displays, installations, hands-on learning and other educational components, this exhibit offers a glimpse into the 95 percent of the ocean that humans rarely see.
In the “Wonders of the Deep” gallery, special lighting combines with audio visual effects to suggest what it is like in the deepest depths of the oceans. Visitors can see a flashlight fish and observe how it generates its own light. It is a unique opportunity to view such obscure ocean creatures as the deep-water crab, chambered nautilus and the isopod, or have a close encounter with sea jelly and other gelatinous sea life in a special touch tank.
The exhibit also examine such topics as how marine creatures survive in the extremely cold temperatures of deep water, where there is almost no visibility. The aquarium’s theaters will screen films about this deep-ocean world, and there will be live video feeds from ships exploring deep-water locations around the globe.
Ocean Exploration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 24 through Feb.1, Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach; 562-590-3100. Admission: $25.95 adults, $14.95 ages 3-11. (SB)
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