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Explore our amazing blue planet at Southampton Boat Show

Published: 7 September 2015

The University of Southampton will give visitors to this year’s Southampton Boat Show (11-20 September) an exciting opportunity to explore our blue planet, from marine life in our local waters to some of the deepest parts of the world’s oceans.

The University’s Ocean and Earth Science team, along with the University's Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute, will be opening the doors to a ‘pop-up’ aquarium, at stand A134, housing marine species ranging from local jelly fish to coral found in the Red Sea. There will be film footage from deep-sea expeditions around volcanic vents, along with tanks and rock pools filled with fascinating creatures from local waters and a dark-room containing coral and anemones that have a natural ability to emit fluorescent light.

Pop-up aquarium

Scientists and students from the University will be on hand to offer their expert insights and answer questions from visitors.

Moira MacLean, Senior Research Assistant at the University of Southampton, says: “The oceans are vital to the long-term health of our unique blue planet. We hope that by giving people a glimpse into life below the sea, they will gain a greater appreciation of how amazing our oceans are.”

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