Meet the creatures that thrive at night, in pitch-black caves and deep in the sea.
Enter the worlds of nocturnal animals and discover how they find their way around their environment, hunt, mate and evade predators.
25 April 2018
From bioluminescent lures to infrared abilities, meet some of the animals that have found ways to master life in the dark.
Dormice use their whiskers to 'see' in the dark
24 September 2018
Find out how these arboreal rodents use their whiskers to navigate at night.
Who's afraid of the dark?
9 July 2018
Explore some of nature's most extreme sensory adaptations with leading scientists from the Museum.
Moths and bats: An evolutionary war
16 February 2017
Dr Ian Kitching explores the 60-million-year evolutionary arms race between moths and bats.
Cave life: creatures that lurk in the shadows
23 July 2018
Discover the rocky abyss and meet some unusual residents thriving in the absolute darkness of caves.
Cave centipede from hell is the deepest-dwelling ever discovered
1 July 2015
Found up to 1,100 metres below the surface, the record-breaking centipede has been given the name Geophilus hadesi, after Hades, the Greek god of the underworld.
Risking life and limb for venom
8 January 2015
Some of our scientists go to extreme lengths for their research, diving into deep and dangerous underwater caves.
Leave daylight behind and put your senses to the test in this illuminating exhibition. Kids go free.
Giant isopods: curious crustaceans on the ocean floor
2 November 2018
A curator unravels the mystery of the woodlouse's gargantuan deep-sea cousin.
Lighting up South Kensington
10 July 2018
This mesmerising light display may be the closest you can get to experiencing the phenomenon of deep-sea bioluminescence for yourself.
Survival at the ocean's hot springs
19 August 2018
Oceans are crucial for life on Earth - but did it begin at a hydrothermal vent?
New life found at the bottom of Antarctic seas
25 January 2018
A massive survey of life in the freezing seas around Antarctica has shown that they harbour many more animals than previously thought.
Bioluminescence: light in the dark
17 November 2017
Lanternfish are one of many animals that light up the ocean with their glowing bodies.
What happens when whales die?
3 November 2017
Discover how in death, whales can sustain life for decades.
Deep-sea mining plans need a better grasp of ocean floor ecosystems
20 October 2017
According to a scientific meeting at the Museum this week, mining the deep ocean for minerals could cause wide-ranging, decades-long disturbances to the seafloor's diverse ecosystems.
The fishes of the deep sea
12 September 2017
The deep ocean houses an ecosystem that has learned to thrive without sunlight or warmth. Welcome to the abyss.