10:00 - 17:00, Fri 1 Jan 2010 - Tue 1 Dec 2020
This gallery consists of a series of dioramas taking the visitor on a journey into the sea around Ireland.
It starts by illustrating a typical rocky shore and then takes the viewer beneath the waves with a case illustrating a local rocky reef. The fish in this exhibit include Ballan Wrasse grazing on the rocks and Spur Dogfish chasing a shoal of sand eels.
The third case covers the open sea, with a shoal of herring, thresher shark and a leatherback turtle.
The turtle model is based on an animal which was accidentally caught by a fishing boat in Donegal.
The final case shows the deep sea and highlights a model of a giant squid. A video playing at the end of the gallery illustrates ‘black smokers’, volcanic vents on the mid-Atlantic ridge.
Image caption: Leatherback turtle
This exhibition is on display in area 22 of the Nature Zone and is free to attend (download the museum map, PDF 290KB)