OUR DEEP SEA EXHIBIT IS NOW OPEN!
Come see and experience the animals that live in the deep sea. These animals have evolved to live in the deep sea that most humans have yet to even discover. Some of these are such perfect scavengers that they have thrived and live in deep sea for millions of years.
OUR DEEP SEA EXHIBIT IS LOCATED IN OUR ANTARCTIC ADVENTURE, JUST BEFORE THE RAMP TO THE PENGUINS.
WELCOME OUR NEW ANIMALS TO THIS EXHIBIT
Japanese Spider Crab
Japanese Spider Crabs grow up to 15 inches in width with a leg span of up to 15 feet. Although the legs continue to grow, the carapace size remains relatively unchanged throughout adulthood. The walking legs hook inward to assist with hooking and grasping. Even with the large size of the Japanese spider crab, they remain omnivorous scavengers, however they can hunt for small marine invertebrates and can live up to 100 years old.
Hagfish are jawless living fossils and remained virtually unchanged for around 300 million years. When these fish are disturbed, it shoots long, thick protein threads from special slime glands in its skin. These threads expand in water, becoming a thick slimy mass. This slime helps them slip away from predators and can clog the mouth and gills of a fish.
Giant isopods are scavengers, primarily feeding on dead whales, fish, and squid. Since food is scarce in the deep sea, Giant isopods have adapted to long periods of famine. They have been known to go without eating for one or more years due to their slow metabolism and high fat stores in their body.