Estonian Museum of Natural History exhibition awakens the primitive sea creatures digitally

20. January 2017

Starting today, 20th of January, the exhibition "The Secrets of Ancient Sea" is opened in the Estonian Museum of Natural History, inviting to discover the mysterious sea floor from 600 million years ago until the present times. At the heart of the exhibition are the bizarre sea creatures, whose life, existence and appearance is displayed on videos modeled after the fossils.

"We are accustomed to saying that Estonia is a nautical country, and the Estonian area has really very much been influenced by the sea," says the curator of the exhibition, Kairi Põldsaar. "The exhibition "The Secrets of Ancient Sea" focuses on the distant history of our nautical country – how the Estonian area was situated in the southern hemisphere 600 million years ago, as well as, who lived in our waters, when the Estonian area was covered by a tropical sea," Põldsaar introduces the exhibit.

"The Secrets of Ancient Sea" showroom houses four video installations, which will guide the visitors on a journey through six eras, ending in the modern day. "The videos bring the primitive sea creatures to life so one can look at huge sea scorpions and admire the graceful crinoids" says the exhibition's co-curator Sander Olo. "The videos show the potential appearance and probable behavior of the primal animals" he adds. "The most extravagant video clip is probably the one describing the Devonian era, which has a reconstruction of probably the first internal fertilization in the history of the world" the curator reveals. 

In addition to video installations one can find models of sea creatures from the exhibition measuring several meters showing how great these past nautical animals could grow. So, for example, the exhibition hall displays 3-meter nautiloids, 2,5-meter sea scorpion and others. The exhibition also displays a selection of fossils from the Estonian Museum of Natural History's collections, brachiopods, corals, snails, tracheophytes, bryozoans and other exciting sea creatures.

Simultaneously with the exhibition "The Secrets of Ancient Sea" the Estonian Museum of Natural History also displays the exhibition "Our Baltic Sea" from the 20th of January. The exhibition "Our Baltic Sea" introduces species living in the Baltic Sea and their linkages, talks about the effect of humans on the Baltic Sea, and calls to ponder how closely connected we are.

The curators of the exhibition "The Secrets of the Ancient Sea" are Kairi Põldsaar and Sander Olo, the video animations are made by Jaagup Metsalu and Erik Heinsalu (BOP Animations) and the general disain is done by Jüri Lõun (Creative Agency Pult). The exhibition "Our Baltic Sea" is put together by the University of Tartu Natural History Museum and curated by Veljo Runnel. The exhibition is complemented by the Estonian Museum of Natural History Museum's head of the zoology department, marine-biologist Lennart Lennuk. 

Both exhibitions are open at the Estonian Museum of Natural History until March of 2018.

The preparation of exhibitions was supported by the Environmental Investment Centre.

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