Leningrad's Nautical College of Fish Industry has mounted a comprehensive exhibition of interesting and unusual products of the sea -- the strange fish, shells, animals and coral collected by Soviet seamen on their world wide voyages.
GV PAN People looking at exhibits
SV & CU Exhibits (shells & starfish)
CU PULL OUT TO SV Mounted lobster
CU & SV Starfish & shell (conch)
CU Spiked fish
CU Starfish & crab
CU Head of fish
SV Shell crab
CU & SV Different types of shell fish & coral (8 shots)
SV People looking at exhibit (3 shot)
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Background: Leningrad's Nautical College of Fish Industry has mounted a comprehensive exhibition of interesting and unusual products of the sea -- the strange fish, shells, animals and coral collected by Soviet seamen on their world wide voyages.
The hobby of shall collection which dominates the exhibits, is called conchology -- akin to archaeology when practiced by the more serious collectors. Specialists in land or sea shells often can write invaluable scientific papers on the habits of the creatures which inhabit the shells.
Many shells are recovered form the ocean depths during fishing and dredging operations.
The wide-ranging activities of Soviet seamen and travellermen contributed some of the world's rarest and most valuable shells to the college's collection.
SYNOPSIS: Crowds of people have been attending an unusual display in Leningrad's Nautical College of Fish Industry. The display is of curiosities from the sea -- the shells, starfish and sea creatures brought back from the world travels of Soviet seamen.
Lobsters and specimens of starfish and ocean crabs are exhibited alongside specimens of giant shells.
Visitors have the advantage of the wide ranging interests of Soviet trawlermen and navy personnel who collected the shells, coral and fish specimens.
The collection of shells, which dominates the show, is called Conchology. There are known to be about 100,000 distinct species of shells, and at least an equal number of sea creatures without shells for the collector.
The exhibit has attracted many non-collectors -- fascinated by the shapes and strange colours of the exhibition.