GIG HARBOR — “Savage Ancient Seas” is opening at the Harbor History Museum on Saturday, April 13.
Harbor History Museum is the first museum in the Pacific Northwest to host this blockbuster exhibit featuring more than 14 complete specimens of large visually stunning prehistoric marine creatures from Tribal Paleontology Inc., of Colorado.
Many of these specimens will be suspended from the ceiling with various smaller specimens rounding out the exhibit which includes many hands on and learning centers.
“Savage Ancient Seas” is the aquatic world of the late Cretaceous period more than 70 million years ago. It is a world of huge carnivorous marine reptiles with double-hinged jaws and teeth in the middle of their palates, gigantic flesh-eating fish big enough to swallow an adult human being whole, flying reptiles with 3 foot skulls and the biggest sea turtles to have ever lived.
Unrivaled for their amazing varieties, voracious appetites, incredible teeth and gaping jaws, the creatures of the exhibit are unlike anything known in today’s world. You haven’t seen anything like this before!
When dinosaurs ruled the land these spectacular creatures ruled the American Inland Sea. Peer into the mouth of the largest aquatic reptile ever discovered -- the 45-foot-long Tylosaurus. Gaze into the jaws of the largest of the sharks, the Megalodon.
Gasp in awe at Archelon, the 17-foot-wide sea turtle. “Swim” with a school of the first three-dimensional reconstructions of the carnivorous fish of the day. Lean how these ancient aquatic creatures lived and died — and who survived to today.
Robust programming is planned for the exhibit to engage visitors of all ages. The Harbor History Museum is collaborating with local marine and environmental organization Harbor WildWatch, to create special exhibit programs for Savage Ancient Seas. Schools K-12 can bring students for special tours and hands on workshops led by experienced Harbor WildWatch naturalist. Lecture series, workshops, and youth and teen programming will also be available.
“Savage Ancient Seas” is open through Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until July 14. Learn more at www.harborhistorymuseum.org
The museum is located at 4121 Harborview Dr.