The Canadian Museum of Nature is opening a new exhibit, on January 11th, 2014, that gives musuem patrons an oppotunity to see fish through a different lens. The exhibit is called “Beneath the Surface: X-rays of Arctic Fish” hosted a media opening this week, where I had the opportunity to see the x-rays of The Boa Dragonfish (Stomias boa), Greenland Halibut (Reinhardtius Hippoglossides) and Atlantic Herring (Clupea harengus).


Boa Dragonfish

If you look closely at the Boa Dragonfish you can see the the entire body of it’s last meal.


These fish are “schooling”, this is a good way for the herring to avoid predators.


This large Greenland Halibut is hunting for it’s next meal.

The exhibit is part of the paid admission to Canadian Museum of Nature. The exhibit is located in the Stone Wall Gallery located on the basement level of the museum. There are 16 images in the small exhibit, but what struck me most is the artistry of which the pieces are displayed. The haunting images show finite details and the hidden world of the Arctic creatures.

This is not an exhibit that will enthral the younger audience, not to say the exhibit isn’t breathtaking but might not keep the attention of a toddler. I peg this exhibit for the older child or student of ichthyologists.

Meg Becket, the museum’s president and CEO explained:

“This is the most recent show in our Stone Wall Gallery to showcase the diversity of Canada’s flora and fauna in creative and artistic ways. It draws from our expertise in Arctic research and offers visitors a rare visual treat that is hard to find elsewhere” 

According to the Canadian Museum of Nature:

“Fish are the oldest and most divers group of vertebrates. They inhabit every aquatic environment on the planet and have more bones than other vertebrates. Some fish, for example have about 150 bones in their skill, much more than the 28 bones that make up a human skull” 

The exhibit is open from January 11th, 2014 to January 4th 2015.