MOSI Presents the Final Weekend of Sea Monsters Exhibit, Thru 9/2
Sea Monsters Revealed, an exhibition of the world's largest plastinated sea creatures, is in its final days at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI). The exhibition made its world premiere debut on Saturday, March 9 and will be leaving Tampa forever on Sept. 2, 2013.
"It has been truly rewarding to see so many MOSI visitors respond so positively to Sea Monsters Revealed and to these breathtaking specimens," said John Zaller, the exhibition's creator and the mind behind the Bodies exhibit, "MOSI and the Tampa-St. Pete area have been tremendous hosts for this once-in-a-lifetime experience."
In Sea Monsters Revealed, visitors not only see the outside, but also the inside of the most elusive aquatic life ever discovered, including a 6-foot-wide manta ray, a 15-foot-long Mako shark, an 18-foot-long, 3,000-pound Whale Shark and the largest Giant Squid in North America. All specimens in the exhibition are authentic, stunning examples of the mysteries that lie beyond our shores and have been carefully recovered in accordance with the highest animal protection standards.
In addition to the remarkable marine life on display, Sea Monsters Revealed also engages important issues about the ocean that affect the world in which we live. "Sea Monsters Revealed's subject matter is so important that it has caught the attention of iconic ocean explorers like Fabien Cousteau," Zaller said.
The exhibition features theatrical and immersive sets that take visitors far out to and beneath the surface of the ocean in a mock-up of Florida's own Aquarius Reef Base. Sea Monsters Revealed also has been continually updating its content: guests can now take photos from inside the jaws of a giant Megalodon, view a never-before-seen pregnant silky shark, and see numerous human anatomy specimens including a head, heart and lungs, which offer visitors a side-by-side comparison between humans and specific marine specimens.
"Sea Monsters Revealed goes beyond the Bodies exhibits," said MOSI President Wit Ostrenko, "It is equal parts entertaining and educational, telling a comprehensive story of the ocean's mysteries, helping us better understand marine life as well as our own bodies. The exhibition is a real gift to Tampa and is definitely a must see before it leaves."
Sea Monsters Revealed made a splash with its world premiere on Saturday, March 9 and is in its final days at MOSI through Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Museum hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, and reservations are highly recommended. Tickets can be purchased by calling 813-987-6000 or visiting mosi.org.
Tickets for Sea Monsters Revealed are $18.95 for adults, $16.95 for seniors (60+) and $12.95 for children (2-12). Guests can add MOSI general exhibits or a documentary IMAX film to their Sea Monsters Revealed ticket for $5 each.
For more information, visit mosi.org.
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Sea Monsters Revealed in Tampa is funded, in part, by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners/Tourist Development Council.