When I was a youngster, I was really into dinosaurs, like most kids. Back then, it was the ferocious Tyrannosaurus Rex that really excited me. Last night we were privileged to go to the opening of the Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Ocean Predators exhibition at the WA Maritime Museum.
As I weaved my way around the displays, I was blown away to discover that there were a multitude of giant marine reptiles that ruled the ancient seas at the same time the more familiar dinosaurs ruled the land.
Some of these seriously scary sea monsters were over 20m long and had huge teeth to rip up their prey. Just imagine what it would be like sharing the oceans with these carnivores that could eat great white sharks and orcas for breakfast. Fortunately for us, it is highly unlikely that would happen, as they haven’t terrorised our oceans for over 90million years.
Also fortunate for us, visitors of all ages can get a fascinating insight into the lives of these marine monsters by visiting the WA Maritime Museum. There are over 70 amazing exhibits, just one being a life size cast of the 13m long Elasmosaurus. What captivated me was a 5m long fossilised fish that had swallowed a whole fish and died in the process.
Accompanying the awesome displays of prehistoric marine life is the latest scientific knowledge in both written and cutting-edge multimedia form, that will both enthral and possibly scare visitors.
WA Maritime Museum
The exhibition was put together by the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Queensland Museum and has made its way Western Australia. Sea Monsters is being held at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle from the 1st of April to the 16th of July 2023, so you have plenty of time to catch this one. It is good timing to see this one over the school holidays because the kids will love it. I for one, found the whole display enthralling and will no doubt be back for another look.
WA Maritime Museum
Victoria Quay Road, Fremantle
Running from April 1st to Sunday 16th July 2023