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Ancient, Mysterious and Attractive

 

Nature is generous with inventions and a new exhibition of the Museum of the World Ocean proves this one more time. Visitors can learn more about the marine echinoderm at the exhibition Depth – this is one of the most ancient and mysterious dwellers of the ocean: we will show you a beautiful and splendid world of these animals.

People gave quite romantic and even cosmic names to this “spiny clan”: starfish, sea lilies and ophiuroids. After all, the World Ocean is a huge Universe where absolutely any shape, content and survival method can be found.

The “blood” similar in composition to the sea water? This is the blood running in the “veins” of these amazing creatures. The history of existence and development of the exotic “families” where passion gets heated as much as in a film about the Italian mafia? This is also about them. The echinoderms are one of the most ancient animals on the planet, they are about 500 million years old!

Over this period, they have “built” a “perfect body”: it protects both themselves and the environment they inhabit from pollution, since these creatures are so-called cleaners of the sea. A five-pointed symmetry of the body is one of their most striking features. In general, they are a true symbol of harmony. Come, take a look andget amazed!

The exhibition “The Amazing World of the Echinoderms: Fossils and Modern” is open for visiting at the permanent exhibition Depth.

 


The Catchy Sea

 


The sea is catchy. It hits your body and soul. The sea inspires and makes us create even funny things. And if an artist lives by the sea, there is no doubt they can certainly reveal the topic “a human and a steamer” in detail and in a humorous way. The project with the abovementioned title was prepared by the famous Kaliningrad caricaturist Igor Pashchenko – for Saint Petersburg.

Citizens of the most cultural and maritime Russian city can laugh and philosophize. This is especially nice that they can do it on board the oldest Russian icebreaker – Krassin – the branch of the Museum of the World Ocean and so a piece of Kaliningrad land in the Northern Capital.

Twenty-five amusing drawings with a sophisticated byplay show how a human and a steamer can interact and how often a person turns into a ship and a steamer – into a human. And, please, remember, if you travel to Saint Petersburg from Kaliningrad then you’ll find a piece of your hometown here, aboard the icebreaker Krassin.

 


He Who Has Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear

Paleontology is a sort of a timeline of our planet’s evolution. And the Museum of the World Ocean encourages its guests to “page through” this amazing “book”: its words are, of course, paleontological samples. They make up sentences and sentences shape a text. We are glad to present a new chapter devoted to the mosasaurus, an ancient reptile. This was a huge creature reaching 15-17-metre long. It can stun not only by its size but hearing as well. The thing is that its middle ear bone is very small, just 8-10 cm but still it allowed good orientation by ear at any depth including the deep-sea.

This bone on a display is 90 million years old! A tympanic membrane was attached to one side of the bone (an external part of the head) and another side transmitted mechanical vibrations to an auditory analyzer of the brain via inner ear parts. It is important to mention this artifact is a
paleontological rarity and only 2-3 bones of the kind have been found on the territory of Russia. Moreover, the exhibition at Depth features two more intriguing objects: a reconstructed prognathodon skull (life-size) and a small reconstruction of the mosasaurus hoffmanni.


One Country – Diverse Peoples

 

The Maritime Exhibition Centre in Svetlogorsk invites you to visit the Far North – “the northernmost” exhibition One Country – Diverse Peoples starts on November 26. It is devoted to results of the Arctic and Antarctic expeditions by Alexei Vakhrameev. About 40 watercolours and graphic works from the icebreaker Krassin will be displayed. They depict the North via the artist’s eyes who took part in the expedition on board the legendary icebreaker in 1935. In his works Vakhrameev mainly portrayed Arctic landscapes.

However, he often sketched animals and, of course, inhabitants of the Far North, those who are called small-numbered native peoples according to geographic and ethnographic vocabulary. Sketches of the shoreline were made during sailing that is why speed and accuracy of a work were essential for the artist (until the mid-20 th century such artists were called “coastline sketch artists”). The story is supplemented by amazingly beautiful and fine traditional decorative and applied art pieces – carved and engraved ivory (bone). Household items and the Chukchi baidara present both national colour of the natives in the Far North and their unique and diverse traditions.

 


This Is How It Is Possible To Reach for the Stars

People made all kinds of experiments to be able to fly! They invented so many things! Thirst for the sky is reflected in myths and legends. e.g., about Icarus. The greatest minds struggled for the concept of flight. Thousands of years went by and only in 1783 the wish to ascend to the clouds came true. The Montgolfier brothers Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne achieved humanity’s dream and built the first air balloon named after the inventors – the montgolfier. So, starting from June 5, 1783, people kept flying to the sky. Over the centuries we have forgotten how the things started. Modern airplanes have erased memories of the first aircraft and the people who risked to set off to the first journey in the air. But the museum is the very place where it is possible to turn time back, travel centuries in the past and see the balloon created by the famous French. A small but very “airy” and beautiful exhibition This Is How It Is Possible To Reach for the Stars is displayed on the first floor at the permanent exhibition Depth. The air balloon model (1:24), the Montgolfier brothers’ portraits and the first “pilots” as well as diverse artifacts present an amazing story of conquering the sky by human and much more.

The exhibition tells about the first “aviators” and who paved the way to the stars.

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