Savage Ancient Seas


What do you think of when you hear the phrase “in the time of the dinosaurs”? Images that likely pop up are those of Tyrannosaurus Rexes, Brontosauruses and Triceratops, you know, the creatures out of “Jurassic Park.” What you might not think of is an entirely different breed, however, because while the dinosaurs ruled the land, something else ruled the sea. The Harbor History Museum’s newest exhibit, “Savage Ancient Seas,” allows patrons to see what life was like underwater in the time of the dinosaurs.

The exhibit, which the museum claims “will send shivers down your spine,” focuses on the late Cretaceous Period. Huge, carnivorous marine reptiles with double-hinged jaws large enough to swallow a human whole and teeth in the middle of their palate ruled the seas of the period, all of which will be displayed during the exhibition at the Harbor History museum.

The exhibit features skeletons, casts and life-like restorations ranging from 1-foot to 45-feet long of the prehistoric creatures that ruled the ocean before the sharks and squids that we know today. Casts of Megalodons—what you think of when you think of the prehistoric, giant sharks that emerged toward the end of the Cretaceous Period—the biggest sea turtles to have ever lived, flying reptiles with enormous skulls as well as many other reptilian creatures will likely be in the display.

Visitors will enjoy a hands-on experience, using numerous kiosks and touch stations to discover the history of the mysterious and fantastic creatures that will be on display. There will also be a number of features aimed specifically at children including a gigantic shark jaw for a photo opportunity, as well as others intended specially for adults to enjoy—the exhibit will be enjoyed by audiences of all ages!

This will be the first time the exhibit, created by embeddedEXHIBITIONS has traveled to the Pacific Northwest. It runs through July 14. Admission free for members, $5-7 for non-members. Opens April 13, Harbor History Museum.

-Jack Todd

is a contributor to South Sound magazine.
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