Sharks, whales and other amazing wonders of the deep are to go on show in a groundbreaking new educational and family fun touring exhibition called Sea Creatures.
It will feature cross sections of 50 real-life specimens - ethically sourced and painstakingly preserved - amongst them some of the largest beasts on Earth, including a giant baleen whale and a whale shark.
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For full tour venues and dates see below.
Also on show will be the infamous great white shark, a dolphin, seal, octopus, penguin, sting ray and more.
The 200 exhibits also include organs and other body parts displayed using the same plastination technique made famous by artist Damien Hirst - replacing fluids and soluble fats with resins.
The process was developed by Dr Gunther von Hagens.
It aims to teach about marine conservation, also using augmented reality, interactive mirrors, ball pit sea games for children and an educational cinema.
Organisers say they want to encourage more of an understanding about the complex life systems of marine life, the impact humans are having on our blue planet and what steps we can take to change the tides and protect precious ocean life for future generations.
Sea Creatures gets its European premiere at the Royal Horticultural Halls, Lawrence Hall in London from July 20 to August 30, before touring the UK - stopping in Edinburgh, Harrogate and Belfast. Full dates and details below.
Alongside the many full-body exhibits will be a host of smaller displays, including the lung and eyeball of a Mink Whale, a whale’s kidney, the egg of a King Penguin, a Sea Lion’s heart and shark’s teeth.
In total, over 200 exhibits will be on show.
The exhibition will also feature digital interactive experiences, allowing children to immerse themselves in an underwater world, brought to life with a range of virtual reality experiences to explore the deepest regions of planet earth’s oceans.
It will allow visitors to explore the secrets of life beneath the ocean’s waves by getting an up-close glimpse of majestic beasts which most of us would only ever usually see on TV, say show bosses.
Naz Kabir of Culture Event Creative, who are bringing the exhibition to the UK in partnership with the Scottish Association for Maritime Science (SAMS), said: “Our fascination with the oceans is unwavering and the chance to get up-close and hands on with these majestic creatures is an incredible experience for children and adults.
“Sea Creatures gives visitors the chance to learn about the animals who inhabit the same planet as us, but very rarely - if ever - cross our paths, and our interactive and tactile displays create an incredible opportunity to find out more about the creatures themselves, but also the many ways we can become involved in marine conservation and help to preserve the beautiful ocean life that is so important to us all.”
SEA CREATURES TOUR DATES 2018
July 20 to August 30: RHS Lawrence Hall, Greycoat Street, London SW1P 2QD
September 21 to October 18: Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh EH28 8NB
October 30 to November 28: Harrogate Convention Centre, King’s Road, Harrogate HG1 5LA
December 8 to January 2: Titanic Exhibition Centre, 17 Queens Road, Belfast BT3 9DU
TICKETS DETAILS: Advance Tickets: Adults - £18; Concessions - £15; Children - £12; Family - £52 - Family tickets cover two adults and two children, or one adult and three children.
Tickets will be available on the door, subject to availability. Regular opening hours 10am - 6pm. On Thursday nights, the exhibition will be open until 9pm.
Web site: For more details visit www.seacreaturestour.com
* Find out about the Scottish Association for Marine Science at www.sams.ac.uk