"Underwater Photographic Exhibition - The Beauty of Marine Life," a collaboration between the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium and the National Taiwan Museum, will kick off from Jan. 17 to March 14 in Taipei.
Whereas Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama has created a global fashion trend with her mesmerizing polka dots, the marine world full of colorful dots and dazzling geometric lines conducts its own underwater fashion competition.
The exhibition will be offered in five main sections – The Cuteness of Clownfish, The Silhouette of Corals, Survival Methods, Amazing Oceans, and Tears of the Ocean. The trajectory of marine ecological conservation will also be shown through camera lens to remind exhibitiongoers to cherish the world’s remaining biodiversity.
The Institute for Information Industry has also provided a head-mounted VR device for visitors to experience cultural and ecological attractions such as Green Island's lighthouse and prison settlement, Asian butterfly fish, and coral reefs. The headset will also allow users to interact with the indigenous Formosan sika deer and the endangered hump-headed wrasse.
Special emphasis will be placed on introducing quality diving sites in Taiwan, including the Hejie shipwreck at Kenting, the chicken-shaped reef in Green Island, and the Badai Bay shipwreck and Yeyou Bay fault in Lanyu. Pictures of the diving sites will be showcased alongside diving and underwater photography equipment.
Photos of Green Island’s giant mushroom coral mound (綠島大香菇), in particular, will hold special meaning for Taiwanese divers. The ten-meter-tall coral formation, which had stood 18 meters below the sea for well over a thousand years, was toppled over by giant waves during the 2016 Typhoon Meranti.
Mushroom Mound at Green Island (綠島大香菇)
- Max depth: 17.9 meters
- Ave. depth: 12.7 meters
Hejie shipwreck at Kenting (合界沈船)
- Max depth: 34.8 meters
- Ave. depth: 14.6 meters
'Underwater Photographic Exhibition - The Beauty of Marine Life'
- Date: Jan. 17 - March 14, 2017
- Venue: National Taiwan Museum
- Address: No. 2 Xianyang Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei, Taiwan (ROC)
- Site: www.ntm.gov.tw