IN the waiting-room at the Admiralty is a drawing 12 feet by 8 feet, which is attracting the attention of numerous scientific and naval men, who thoroughly appreciate the novel and complete manner in which the several groups of interesting marine life have been arranged, and the system and regularity upon which the arrangement has been carried out, and we may also add, for the benefit of the curious, that the beauty and colour of these grotesque forms would exceed the imagination of Gustave Doré. The work was entirely executed in H.M.S. Rodney, on her passage from China to England during the last six months, and extends over the China Sea, Indian and Atlantic Oceans. The subject of surface-oceanic life is particularly acceptable at the present time, as Dr. Carpenter, Mr. Gwyn Jeffreys, and Professor Wyville Thomson were last season engaged in examining the deep-sea life of the neighbouring ocean, and are likely to extend their investigations into the Bay of Biscay and Mediterranean Sea during the summer. These deep sea explorations should be energetically pursued, and we may earnestly hope that it will not be long before an honest rivalry is maintained in the Atlantic and European seas, and that other oceans and parts of the world may be dipped into by voyagers, for contributions to this useful branch of science.
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Surface-Oceanic Life. Nature 2, 92 (1870). https://doi.org/10.1038/002092a0