record-breaking 6.2m long baby Minke Whale, a Great White shark and octopus are
set to ‘swim’ into Harrogate this autumn.
European premiere tour of Sea Creatures will open on October 27 at Harrogate
Convention Centre in the only English stop outside of London, with tickets now
plastination process made famous by Dr Gunther von Hagens, the exhibition will
feature around 50 life-size ethically sourced creatures, including a baleen
whale, whale shark, Great White shark, octopus and more.
features the colossal ‘Hai Hai’ the baby Minke whale, which was the first
marine mammal to undergo the complex plastination process which sees experts
replace fluids and soluble fats with a special resin to preserve the body and
Managing Director of Culture Event Creative, is bringing the exhibition to
Europe for the first time after a sell-out tour of USA and Canada. It has also
attracted the backing of the Scottish Association for Maritime Science (SAMS)
and will aim to reduce the amount of associated plastic where possible to back
the drive to reduce plastics pollution in our oceans.
“I am delighted we are bringing this to Yorkshire as the first place in England
outside of London and the Harrogate Convention centre is the perfect location
for this very unique, educational and entertaining experience.
“Plastination is still a relatively new process. It
gives us the opportunity to see these full-size creatures up close and personal
and it’s something really special.
every day you get to stand in front of a great white or a baleen whale. And our
very own Hai Hai – meaning Sea Sea in Chinese – is incredible.
families come and experience this. There’s a sense of wonder and education
meaning it appeals to adults and kids. The additional interactive and digital
exhibits within the exhibition will also help capture the imagination.”
the full-body exhibits, there will also be several plastinated body parts
ranging from kidneys to eye balls.
Simon Kent, director of
Harrogate Convention Centre, said: “This is a fantastic privilege, not only for
Harrogate but for the whole of Yorkshire, to be able to experience this
interactive show. Our oceans are high on the conservation agenda at the moment
because of the threat to marine wildlife from plastics and other pollutants.
“This spectacular event will
not only give visitors a chance to see actual sea creatures up close, including
sharks, whales and octopuses, but also to learn how to protect our seas for
Sea Creatures - Life Beneath the Ocean takes place at Harrogate Convention Centre from 27th October to 28th November 2018
tickets are £18 for adults and £12 for kids, plus standard booking fee. Tickets
are limited so book today to avoid disappointment.