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Rainforest of the Sea - Horniman Museum

Rainforest of the Sea. Photo by Jamie Craggs.

Exhibition preview

RAINFOREST of the Sea, an exhibition of photographs by Horniman Aquarium curator Jamie Craggs, is on display at the Horniman Museum (Balcony Gallery) until September 15, 2013.

Coral reefs are one of the most biologically diverse habitats on Earth, and as such they are often referred to as ‘rainforests of the sea’.

This striking photographic exhibition focuses on the coral reef environment off the north east of Borneo. The photographs highlight not only the incredible diversity of life within the coral triangle in South East Asia, but also the threats that are facing coral reefs worldwide.

Coral reefs take up less than 0.1% of the oceans floor yet 25% of all marine life are found on reefs. The coral triangle is a hot spot area for this diversity and encompasses Borneo, The Philippines and Indonesia. It is estimated that a square metre of coral reef from the coral triangle contains the same number of species as a hectare of Amazonian rainforest.

Jamie Craggs is a marine biologist and photographer. He is currently the Aquarium Curator at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, overseeing the collection which contains around 2,500 live specimens representing 150 different species.

He is a coral biologist and is working with a number of international organisations on methods of conserving coral reefs and deepening our understanding of the impact that humans are having on these fragile and globally important habitats.

Admission: Free.

Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ

Tel: 020 8699 1872

Website: www.horniman.ac.uk/

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