What there is to know
- “Sea Monsters: Diving to the Deep,” a new exhibit, opens July 9
- San Diego Maritime Museum
- $20 museum admission; other ticketing levels available
EXTRAORDINARY ANIMALS? The ocean, it can be said with confidence, has served as home to a number of eccentric earthlings. Barrel, a transparent-headed deep-sea fish, was spied by a team from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in 2021, while bloody comb jellies are currently bewitching aquarium onlookers of Monterey Bay. Are you talking about cephalopods, crustaceans or any other cool creature that inhabits the Great Water? You will come across some seriously surreal but completely accurate facts. Perhaps that’s why colorful sea monster myths have fascinated humans for centuries: if a tiny fish can light up in the darkest crevices of the ocean, maybe a monster could easily wrap its enormous tentacles around the massive masts of a ship. As for how the sea monsters are doing today? They don’t star in the blockbuster movies they once made, but our obsession with these aquatic cryptids lives on.
MARITIME MUSEUM OF SAN DIEGO… understands our understandable obsession, and to offer curious visitors the strange stories of the sea? The waterfront institution presents a new exhibition titled “Sea Monsters: Dive to the Deep.” The presentation “…will take visitors on an imaginary journey to the late 19th century, when a fictional, dynamic, daring and somewhat eccentric world explorer naturalist chartered the star of india for an expedition to investigate the existence of sea monsters in various parts of the globe.” Indeed, the deck of the Star of India, the ship’s centerpiece, is currently adorned with towering tentacles, whimsical additions that may be as seen from Once on board, look out for “skeletal marine reptile replicas, marine biological specimens” and a “crime scene” chart that tracks sea monster sightings, plus other whimsical features that give families a chance to look at the legends closer.
SEE “SEA MONSTERS”: Your entrance to the museum, which you can book online, covers your entry to the exhibition. Opening day, July 9, will also feature special activities, including a sea monster costume parade.