Soft-Bodied Animals

 Soft bodied Invertebrates (displays 2-7)

polychaeteInvertebrates, or animals without backbones, are the most simple forms of life and include worms, sea sponges, jellyfish, corals and molluscs. There are hundreds of examples here at the Cole and the display includes a 2.5 metre long tapeworm extracted from a human intestine! There are also several specimens collected during the famous Discovery expeditions in the mid 1920s including polychaete worms and deep water jellyfish.

Read about Professor Isao Iijima who prepared some of the rare sponges on display and inadvertently saved many precious specimens by donating them to the Cole Museum before the disastrous earthquake in 1923 that destroyed his laboratory in Tokyo.

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