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-Wondrous Transformation of Caterpillars
-The Art of Natural History
-Mark Catesby
-Exotic Botany
-Mammals: Audubon's Final Journey
-Alexander Wilson
-Drawn from the Sea
-Empire Elegance: the age of Redouté
-Preserving Audubon: The Bien Edition Restoration
-The Plant Hunters
-The Illustrated Bird
-New Treasures: Recent Museum Acquisitions
-Slither
-Painting History
-Artistry & Necessity
-Omnis Ex Ovo
-Daring Pursuits
-Garden of Earthly Delights
-Owls
-Bishop & the Apothecary
-Images from the Sea Shore
-People of the Sky: Bird Spirits in American Indian
-Beauty & Science; the orchid evolves
-The Bird Man: John Gould and his Illustrators
-2015
-The Whole Flock: Audubon's Songbirds
-The Whole Flock: Audubon's Waterbirds
-Deep: Sea monsters and early depositions of deeps
 

  Deep: Sea monsters and early depositions of deeps creatures
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June 11, 2015-September 7, 2015

For centuries, the presence of large creatures below the surface of the sea fueled the imagination of seafarers and populated early maps. The sea monsters that populated European medieval and renaissance imaginations –fierce-toothed animals battling in the waves, long serpents wrapped around ships, and an assortment of chimeric beings.

By the 1870’s ships had been crossing the Earth’s oceans regularly for 200 years and the coastlines of Earth’s main landmasses had already been surveyed, but little was known about the sea beyond a depth of a few tens of meters. Expeditions like the HMS Challenger lay the foundation of oceanography was the first sea voyage devoted exclusively to science.

Today, scientists have divided the ocean into five zones extending from the surface to the most extreme depths where light can no longer penetrate. As we dive deeper into these largely unexplored places, the temperature drops and the pressure increases. These deep zones are where some of the most bizarre and fascinating creatures in the sea can be found and our sense of awe at the sea is based on fact rather than fantasy.

 

 

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