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Vancouver Aquarium dissects 'Sea Monsters' in new display

Dissected sea creatures including sharks, squid and eels go on display at the Vancouver Aquarium, preserved using the same technique from the human Body Worlds show.

Sharks, squid and eels preserved with Body Worlds plastination technique

There will be no splashing or feeding at the Vancouver Aquarium's latest show.

The giant sea creatures on display are dead, dissected, and preserved in plastic, so visitors can see inside their bodies.

The Sea Monsters Revealed exhibit, shown for the first time in Canada, includes a sunfish, moray eel, Humboldt squid, and thresher shark — dissected to show its last meal of fish and squid in its stomach.

The animals have been preserved using the plastination technique made famous in the controversial Body Worlds exhibits, which show dissected human bodies in lifelike poses.

The plastination technique, developed by German scientist Gunther Von Hagens in 1977, replaces water in the tissues with liquid polymer. The specimen can be arranged in any pose before it hardens.

Sea Monsters Revealed opens March 5 and will be on display until Sept. 7, 2015.


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