I am sitting in the Natural History Museum and have just been lunged at by a giant swimming scorpion with glittering eyes. It’s so scary I instinctively duck and cower in my seat.
These are the final few seconds of First Life, an experiment in using virtual reality to tell the story of the natural world that is narrated by Sir David Attenborough, and being shown at the South Kensington museum’s educational studio named after the world-famous naturalist.
First Life recreates the startling sunlit Cambrian ocean of 540m years ago and the extraordinary early creatures which suddenly developed, based on fossils and knowledge from the museum’s acclaimed palaeontologist Dr Greg Edgecombe. MORE: David Attenborough and producer dive deep into potential of VR | Media | The Guardian