Deep sea


The deep sea is one of the most mysterious and fascinating regions of the world.
Its dimensions are unimaginable: covering over 60% of the earth’s surface, it takes up twice as much space as all the continents together, its sea floors are up to 11,000 m below sea level. To date, the deep sea is less explored than the moon's surface, even though the deep sea represents a true treasure chamber.

The Zoological Museum of Kiel shows in cooperation with the GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research unique deep-sea organisms and geological objects. More than 50 original exhibits make the latest knowledge of deep-sea research and the fascination of these unique deep-sea habitats visible. Some organisms will be presented to the public for the first time worldwide.

One of the highlights is the 3 m long specimen of the legendary giant squid Architeuthis dux. Bizarre deep-sea fishes are presented with their feeding and hunting strategies. A deep-sea core documents volcanic eruptions in Central America from over 100,000 years.

The skeleton of a bottlenose whale provides the setting for the unique deep-sea life. The whale skeleton and four cabinets are used to uncover the geology and living environment of the hot hydrothermal vents with temperatures of up to 400 °C. Next to luminescent jellyfish, bright red crabs, glass coated pillow lava and aesthetic soft corals, there are also three deep-sea regions presented, which are not expected: the Mediterranean sea, the polar deep sea and –unique in the world – the freshwater deep sea in the Siberian lake Baikal.