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Photo: Fish stocks of this 20 cm long perch have been regenerated since the establishment of a protected area around the island.

A school of pink maomao (Caprodon longimanus) looking for food. Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand, South Pacific Ocean

Photo: A small six centimetre shrimp sits in a thicket of porcelain-white corals.

Shrimp on the branches of the cold water coral Lophelia pertusa. Trondheim fjord, Norway, North Atlantic

Photo: It´s hard to accept that the upright floating seahorse is actually a fish. The males incubate the offspring and remain true to their partners for life.

A sea horse (Hippocampus hippocampus) is sheltered in a bed of sea grass. Malta, Mediterranean Sea

Photo: German marine scientist call jellyfish "moving water" or "ingenious jelly". This evolutionary veteran has been gracefully hovering in the ocean for 650 million years.

Toxic gracefulness: a lion´s mane jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca) employs toxic stinging cells to capture its prey. Sicily, Mediterranean Sea

Photo: Close-up of a turtle swimming with wide open mouth on its way to laying eggs on a Pacific beach in Ostional, Costa Rica.

Curious olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) on its way to laying eggs on the beach. Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean

Photo: Two leaping gentoo penguins: When searching for prey or in an emergency, they continually catapult themselves out of the waves in short spurts.

Top speedster: The gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) is the fastest penguin in the water, reaching a swimming speed of 30 km/h. Saunders Island, Falkland Islands, South Atlantic

Oceans - An Expedition in Unexplored Depths

Sea and ocean photography in the Science Year 2016*17

20. January until 2 July 2017

New Building: 2nd floor, Shipping and Navigation, permanent exhibition

Brilliantly coloured coral reefs, seven foot long manta rays that appear to be gliding weightlessly through the open sea, intricate lion´s mane jellyfish that can be illuminated by just a few rays of light and transparent predatory fish that look like they come from another planet:

Photo: The male keeps the clutch of up to 250 eggs clean and fans fresh water onto the brood.

The male of the anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris), which are also called clownfish, is responsible for rearing the young. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean

The nature photographer Solvin Zankl from Kiel Germany has accompanied many scientific expeditions and has been able to capture the fascination of the seas and oceans and their inhabitants in a particularly impressive way.

Around 70 percent of the earth is covered with water. But the far side of the moon has nevertheless been more thoroughly researched than the dark expanses of the world´s oceans.

This visual photographic journey travels through the oceans in different climate zones by beginning in the tropical seas, moving to the sub-tropical and cool zones and finally the Polar seas.
One chapter is exclusively dedicated to the at once largest and most mysterious of the earth´s habitats, the deep sea.

Photo: The viperfish´s fang-like teeth are so large that it cannot really close its mouth. It lures its prey with two different light cell variations - and yet remains camouflaged in the dim lighting.

Deep-sea viperfish (Chauliodus sloani): It lures its rare prey with numerous luminous organs. It has developed terrifyingly long teeth in order to assure a secure grip. South Atlantic

For land dwellers the deep sea is a foreign world: It is always cold, completely dark and constantly under incredibly high pressure. Despite these conditions truly fascinating life forms that hardly anyone has ever seen are found there. Zankl was able to take numerous unique photographs of such deep-sea organisms during an Alfred Wegener Institute expedition aboard the research icebreaker POLARSTERN in the South Atlantic.

Zankl, who initially studied Marine Science in Kiel, stated: "I feel right at home when dealing with the balancing act between science and photography."

His photographs have received international awards and are regularly found in leading newspapers and magazines like GEO, Stern and National Geographic.

Photo book

Photo: The peacock mantis shrimp´s bent front legs are lightning-fast as they smite their prey during the hunt: 50 times faster than the blink of an eye! It takes less than three milliseconds to grab its victim.

On the hunt: With the upright position of the front section of its body and a total length of up to 15 cm, the peacock mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) is an imposing figure. Lembeh Straight, Pacific Ocean

In the exhibition´s photo book with the corresponding name (264 pp., published by Federking & Thaler), the 220 photographs are supplemented by informative texts from the editor of GEO, Lars Abromeit.


The exhibition came about through the financial support of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and the Alfred Wegner Institute´s Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research. It is part of the Science Year 2016*17 - "Seas and Oceans", which is a joint project of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the "Science in Dialogue" Initiative.




Header photo: A 1 mm long deep-water decapod (Segestes larva) floats at a depth of 3000 metres and keeps its balance by means of threadlike antenna. Mature Sergestidae prawns are able to generate weak bioluminescence (self-produced light). South Atlantic

© All photographs: Solvin Zankl