Curious Expeditions’ latest outing takes them through the Vienna Natural History Museum, where they check out scads of incredible taxidermy and also the glasswork that goes into making replica sea-life. Why? Because you can’t stuff and mount a jellyfish:
There were a number of beautiful glass models in the section of ocean-life. Delicate and lifelike, the models were of jellyfish and sea anemones; creatures that tend to lose their beauty in the wet specimenâ€™s jar of formaldehyde. What whimsy, what a clever solution, I thought. Imagine then my surprise when D promptly informed me that these glass models were no modern creation. They were the work of the 19th century Blaschkas, a father and son team of expert glassmakers.