New Exhibit on Deep Sea Mollusks Now on Display

Written by: John Suau
Publication Date: November 19, 2012

Like a scene from a science fiction movie, recent deep sea explorations of the Alvin (DSV-2) reveal many new and interesting species that are particularly well adapted to survive under super pressure and move about in total darkness. An exciting new exhibit, “Deep-sea Mollusks,” funded by Dr. James Hartman and his wife Molly Gerlich, provides Museum visitors with an interactive and colorful look at mollusks that have adapted to life at the deepest parts of the world’s oceans.

 This exhibit is the newest addition to The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum’s Great Hall of Shells. Dr. José H. Leal, director and curator for the Museum, is particularly pleased with the videos, shells and other materials now on display in the permanent exhibit. Contributions to the exhibit include shells and didactic materials from such important institutions as Woods Hole in Massachusetts, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California, The University of Victoria in British Columbia (Canada), and Duke University in North Carolina, among others.

 “Deep sea exploration is an exciting new frontier for us to learn more about the variety and abundance of life forms on the bottom of the ocean floor,” said Dr. Leal. “I am particularly pleased with the response from our colleagues around the world who have helped the Museum exhibit by providing our visitors with the most up-to-date information, shells, and videos from the deep sea.” Museum visitors learn about the life of mollusks and their shells from the more than 30 exhibits that display shells from all around the world.


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