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Into the deep at the Bruce Museum

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

The Bruce Museum in Greenwich has launched a fascinating new exhibition called Extreme Habitats: Into the Deep Sea that highlights the creatures and the environment of what many think is the last frontier on this planet. Visitors touring this exhibition will feel like they are in a deep sea submersible when view the many evocative displays that include excellent photography of the sometimes odd looking denizens of the deep as well as explanations of how their appearances have adapted to this environment.

The Bruce Museum has many collaborators on this exhibition that runs through November 9. The American Museum of Natural History for example, has loaned the Bruce Museum highly accurate casts of some very evocative deep sea organisms including: Pacific Viperfish, Cock-Eyed Squid, Bloodbelly Comb Jelly, Gulper Eel, and Giant Tube Worms. In addition to this, deep- sea specimens collected from various deep-sea explorations and dives around the globe are on loan from the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History and rare footage of the deep sea and its' creatures is being provided by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Visitors will also begin to understand how deep sea research is done when viewing the cutting edge information provided by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on their deep sea submersible.

If you go, don't forget your cell phone! This exhibition, like most others at the Bruce Museum is accompanied by a cell phone audio tour program that makes these denizen of the deep come alive.

The Bruce Museum is located on One Museum Dr. in Greenwich Connecticut offers free onsite parking and is open Tues. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on Sun. from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Individual admission is free on Tuesdays.

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