Extending through four floors of the Museum it presents the world of the giant squid in an old lift shaft, complete with life-size models of the creatures that inhabit the murky depths.
Visitors can view Life in the Deep over four levels through glass screens that were once lift doors. There are interactive screens with a wealth of background detail about the mysterious world of the giant squid.
The display took twelve months of hard work for museum preparator Jo Bain, who painstakingly recreated the deep sea environment off South Australia's far west coast.
The model of the giant squid, Architeuthis dux, is 11 metres in length and modelled on the largest squid ever recorded, found in New Zealand waters. From tail to arm tip she measures 5.6 metres, longer than the "colossal" squid Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni found in Antarctic waters. Add to this the feeding tentacles, 85 metres in length. Architeuthis also possesses the largest eyes of any living animal with a diameter of 25cm.