Impressions of the exhibition in St Catherine's Hall of the German Oceanographic Museum in Stralsund

Introduction to the museum by its Director Dr. Harald Benke

Polar Regions
The animals and their special adaptations to life in the ice form a focal point for the Man and the Sea exhibition

The parents recognize their offspring based on their vocalisations.

Walross-Dermoplastik, die der berühmte Tierpräparator Hermann H. Ter Meer schuf

Tropical Coral Reefs
Coral reefs are not only among the most beautiful and interesting habitats of the seas, they are also unusually rich in species. The lifelike, nine-metre section from a reef illustrates this.
Deep Sea
The deep sea is the largest habitat on our planet. Deep sea refers to the lightless depths of the oceans below 1,000 metres. It is almost unknown to us humans, as studying it requires immense engineering effort.

Its Latin name translates literally as "Vampire squid from hell". When it stretches the skin between its eight arms, it give it the look of a vampire. It confuses its enemies with briefly emitted light signals or clouds of "luminous ink".

Its fangs are so large
that it can barely close its mouth.
Photophores along its body
emit pulsing light signals.

Whales and Dolphins
In the chancel of the St Catherine's Hall the focus of the exhibits is on whales and dolphins. In the centre A 15 metre long, approx. 1000 kilogramme skeleton of a young Fin whale, which beached on the west coast of Rügen in 1825, forms the main feature of the exhibition.

The skull of an Orca, which beached at Mukran on Rügen in 1851.

Skull of the 15 metre long Fin whale, which hangs in the chancel of St. Catherine's Hall.

A display case shows the trachea of the Fin whale, in addition to other dry preparations.

Sea ​​Turtles
Since the finding of a Leatherback turtle near Stralsund in 1965, the German Oceanographic Museum has paid particular attention to this ancient group of reptiles.

A faithfully prepared Leatherback turtle in the MAN AND THE SEA exhibition in St Catherine's Hall.

The females lay 50-100 eggs in a hollow on the beach. After 55 days, the young hatch and immediately seek the water.

Crabs and Crayfish
Crabs are the most common animals in the oceans. They populate all habitats. There are many striking looking large forms, but three quarters of all of the 35,000 species belong to those small floating creatures that form the bulk of zooplankton. Most fish and even huge baleen whales live on these. There are 8,300 types of the largest ten-legged crabs – including shrimp, crab, crayfish and lobsters.

Young Goose barnacles with extended filter apparatus (cirri).

The Beach crab fits loosely in a child's hand, yet is a giant compared to the majority of crab species.

Fishermanship and Oceanography
Deutsches Meeresmuseum, Stiftung Deutsches Meeresmuseum
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