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New exhibit at Living Planet Aquarium lets visitors encounter deep-sea creatures

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Posted at 4:57 PM, Nov 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-25 18:57:23-05

DRAPER, Utah -- If you are looking for a bizarre way to celebrate your holidays, how about checking out some weird, deep-sea creatures?

Draper’s Loveland Living Planet Aquarium has a new Deep Sea exhibit, and it features animals from 36,000-feet deep that normally survive in water that's only 33 degrees!

The exhibit has Japanese Spider Crabs, which are known for their long legs, that can grow up to 13-feet long.

It also has isopods, which look like giant roly-poly type animals, that grow up to 13 inches long. They feed on whale carcasses that fall to the ocean floor.

Educators at the exhibit explain what under water explorers have to go through when they are searching for the unknown.

“When they walk in, it’s very dark, they will see a replica of a submersible--which is how explorers would go down and see these animals,” said Loveland’s marketing director Suzy Broadbent. “They get a first, up-close look at these really bizarre and unique animals that you just wouldn't see at the surface of the ocean.”

There are 75 animals in the deep-sea exhibit and 13 different species. For more information about the aquarium, visit their website.