The Abyss

Marvel at the mysterious creatures of the dark depths of the ocean that have adapted to life without light including fierce looking wolf eels and the living fossil/prehistoric nautilus.



The vast majority of our seas and oceans remain virtually unexplored by man. Perpetual darkness, icy temperatures and the immense pressures involved in deep-sea exploration mean that it remains a truly undiscovered territory.

Scientists believe that more than 90% of the planet’s total available living space could be contained within the deep oceans and, with every additional journey to the bottom of the sea, strange new creatures are being discovered.

See all animals in this ecosystem

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The health of our aquarium family, which includes our visitors, staff and animals, is our top priority. In light of the most recent advice from Public Health England and the government, we will be temporarily closing the Oceanarium Bournemouth effective immediately, until further notice.

We apologise for any disappointment and inconvenience caused.

Please be assured that our dedicated keeper team will continue to provide the best care for our animals during the closure.

If you’ve booked tickets for any day during this closure, you can exchange them for any other date in 2020 or we can provide a refund. Please send your booking details to

We’ll keep you informed through our website and social media channels. Thank you for your patience and we really look forward to welcoming you back to the Oceanarium when we re-open. Stay safe everyone.