Entrance to "Mysterious Oceans" at Basel Zoo

Basel Zoo and GEOMAR: exploring the ocean’s mysteries together. Photo: Basel Zoo

Basel (CH): Mysterious oceans

From 09 September 2020 at Basel Zoo

The deep sea is the largest habitat on the planet: just 29% of the world’s surface is land, with the remainder covered by water. Starting on 19 January 2019, Basel Zoo is presenting deep-sea species in cooperation with GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. The exhibition gives anyone thirsty for knowledge the opportunity to explore a world that is usually out of our reach. Basel Zoo’s deep sea exhibition offers curious visitors an insight into this largely unexplored world, where darkness reigns eternal and creatures have to contend with sparse food supplies and extreme pressures of up to a ton per square centimetre.

In a dark space designed to recreate the ocean environment, visitors will dive into the world of the deep sea.

The exhibits come from Dr Johannes Kinzer’s collection. The marine biologist and former aquarium director at the Kiel Institute for Marine Science (IFM) collected these deep-sea fish on numerous expeditions to the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans in the 1960s and 1970s.

‘The Deep Sea – Huge, Inaccessible, Dark and Diverse’ exhibition opening times:
At weekends from 19 January between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.


More information on the website of Basel Zoo.

Entrance to "Mysterious Oceans" at Basel Zoo

Basel Zoo and GEOMAR: exploring the ocean’s mysteries together. Photo: Basel Zoo

  • Dr. Gerd Hoffmann-Wieck

    Communication & Media
    GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    Wischhofstr. 1-3
    24148 Kiel
    GERMANY

    Phone: +49 431 600 2555
    Fax: +49 431 600 2907
    e-mail: ghoffmann-wieck(at)geomar.de 

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