Detail of a hydrothermal vent display. Artwork by Sean Murtha for Bruce Museum.

Deep sea angler fish (Bufoceratias wedli) Photo by Larry Madin © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Deep sea coral (Paragorgia sp.) and sea stars Alvin Dive 3806 © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Extreme Habitats: Into the Deep Sea

April 5, 2014 - November 9, 2014

Explore the vast and extraordinary deep sea, the last frontier on this planet.

  • Discover the extremophiles that form the foundation of a hydrothermal vent
  • Witness the bizarre appearances and adaptations of deep-sea species
  • Learn about the technology that makes deep-sea explorations possible
  • Feel like you are in a deep-sea submersible as you look through view ports

The Bruce Museum has created highly accurate casts of deep-sea organisms created from molds on loan from the American Museum of Natural History:

  • Pacific Viperfish
  • Cock-Eyed Squid
  • Bloodbelly Comb Jelly
  • Gulper Eel
  • Giant Tube Worms

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History is lending preserved deep- sea specimens collected from various deep-sea explorations and dives around the globe.

The University of Connecticut is assisting with interpretation of the New England seamounts, or underwater mountain ranges.

Rare footage of creatures of the deep comes from Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is sharing cutting edge information on the deep-sea submersible Alvin as well as their expertise on deep-sea ecosystems around the world.

“The deep sea is not an everyday vacation destination, so this is a rare view into a vast, unknown world.” notes the show's curator Peter Linderoth.

The exhibition is the second in a series at the Bruce Museum looking at extreme biological, chemical and physical factors that affect different ecosystems around the world.

Extreme Habitats: Into the Deep Sea is generously underwritten by The Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund.

Don't forget your cell phone:

This exhibition, like many others at the Bruce, will be accompanied by a cell phone audio tour guide program, Guide by Cell, generously underwritten by Nat and Lucy Day.  Easy to follow Guide by Cell instructions will be available at the front admissions desk.

Click here for information about public programs related to the exhibition.