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Here Be Monsters! Dark Journeys To The Ocean Underworld


Wed 9 Jul 2008, 7:30pm–8:30pm

Where: Heritage Room, Southern Cross Hotel, Cnr High and Princes Sts, Dunedin

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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The New Zealand International Science Festival 2008, brings you: Here be Monsters: Dark Journeys to the Underworld

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Peter Batson has travelled from the Equator to the North Pole in search of the deep-sea creatures. In this engaging and lavishly illustrated talk he describes encounters with the bizarre animals that lurk in perpetual darkness.

Peter is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Marine Science, University of Otago, in New Zealand's South Island. He has broad interests in deep-ocean life, but his research is focused on mapping habitats in New Zealand 's submarine canyons. He has worked as a marine consultant on a variety of industrial and government-funded projects. He is also a photographer and marine artist, specializing in deep-sea life. He has also authored books; in 2003 'Deep New Zealand: Blue Water, Black Abyss' on the deep South Pacific was published by Canterbury University Press, and became winner of Environment prize of the prestigious 2004 Montana Book Awards.

As one of the lucky few to have experienced the wonders of the abyss firsthand in deep-diving submersibles, Peter feels a responsibility to promote this vast wilderness to a wider audience. He does this via various writing and teaching projects, and through his website (ExploreTheAbyss.Com).

As a science communicator, Peter is helping Deep Ocean Expeditions to fulfill one of its key objectives: 'to educate people about the world's deep oceans'. He is also acting as science advisor/liaison during planning for upcoming expeditions.

Come and see Peter and benefit from his vast knowledge on this subject.

Inquries please phone (03) 479 5826 or (03) 479 5026.