Creatures from the deep.
(photo credit: MBARI/Bloomfield Science Museum)
The number of visitors to the Deep exhibition on amazing deep-sea creatures at
Jerusalem’s Bloomfield Science Museum – about 100,000 in the last three months –
has surpassed the number who saw it in Paris and London.
As a result,
management has received permission from globetrotting journalist and film
director/producer Claire Nouvian, who spent more than 10 years shooting the
creatures for French and international TV, to extend its stay to December 9, the
last day of Hanukka, instead of packing it up on Wednesday, as had been
The breathtaking exhibit of illuminated photographs, films and
preserved remains, lent by the French Museum of Natural History, has attracted
children and adults from around the country. All of the sea creatures live deep
in the ocean where it was discovered recently that living things can survive
without light and easily available food.
The huge number of species, many
of which look as if they were designed for a science-fiction movie, are
there but many of them are in danger of extinction due to environmental
Museum director Maya Halevy said that “the Israeli
public has proven that they are no less curious [about natural
their counterparts around the world. The exhibition’s success has
Even extending visiting hours to 8 p.m. in July and August
didn’t reduce the pressure at the ticket office, she said.