A cool new exhibit is coming to the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History thanks in part to a collaboration between Moss Landing Marine Labs and Craig’s current home of MBARI. Photographer Jason Bradley uncorks the alcohol-filled bottles and captures rarely seen deep sea creatures from the Monterey Canyon. If you in the Monterey Area between the exhibit’s opening on November 16th to March 7th, 2009 check it out and let us know what you think! Here is some information from Sea Creatures Rediscovered.
In the deep sea, the strange life forms that hover, swim and undulate across the video screens in ROV control rooms are rarely seen by anyone other than researchers and technicians. On occasion, scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute retrieve specimens from their dives. Like “moon rocks” of the sea they are rare "souvenirs" from a dark and cold world that is as alien and off limits to most of us as space.
Intrigued by their oddity, nature photographer Jason Bradley is capturing these creatures in portrait. Removing them from their jars, Bradley discovers the beauty of their forms with his camera and suggests the essence of the hidden life they once led in the darkness of Monterey’s submarine canyon.
Monterey’s Submarine Canyon is one of the largest of its kind reaching 2 miles down and 300 miles in length. The challenges facing researchers are therefore daunting, and their instrumentation is elaborate, costly, and state-of-the-art. “Sea Creatures Rediscovered” will offer members of the public an unusual and intimate glimpse into this alien world through the lens of an artist. The gallery show runs through March 7th, 2009.