NEWPORT NEWS ¬– The underwater world of more than 65 million years ago is the subject of a new exhibit at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News.
Savage Ancient Seas: Dinosaurs of the Deep, begins its seven-month run on Saturday, May 24 and looks at the undersea counterparts to the dinosaurs that roamed on land.
Most of the species in the exhibit disappeared with the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period.
“These animals, they’re just as impressive as dinosaurs,” said Mike Triebold, the paleontologist who created Savage Ancient Seas exhibit. “But people are not familiar with them… they didn’t have as good a press agent.”
This traveling exhibition includes more than 20 large-scale skeletons and replicas of ancient marine reptiles. In addition to the likes of the Tylosaurus and Megalodon, the exhibition includes the Coelacanth, a species of fish long thought to be extinct, but rediscovered in the 1930s, and an early form of the penguin called the Paleospheniscus.
The gallery space will include massive skeletons suspended from the ceiling. There are touch-screen displays and fossil digs, and guests can pose for photos inside the jaws of a Megalodon.
“This exhibition is something a little different for The Mariners’ Museum,” said Priscilla Hauger, the Museum’s Director of Exhibitions. “These pre-historic marine animals are a part of the history of the sea and live today, as these huge skeletons, in our collective fascination with sea monsters and dinosaurs. “
The exhibition runs until Jan. 4, 2015. For more information, go to the or call 757- 591-7715.