Prehistoric marine monsters splash into Brisbane

Never-before-seen fossils unveiled at new museum exhibition.

A nine-metre kronosaur, plesiosaur and a reptile known as the “bulldog of the ancient seas” are just some of the prehistoric marine creatures in residence at Queensland Museum as part of the Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Ocean Predators exhibition.

While dinosaurs ruled the land, the depths of the oceans were home to some of the largest, fiercest and most successful predators including ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs and mosasaurs.

Visitors can explore underwater life and come face-to-face with sea monsters in more than 70 exhibits, including fossils from Queensland Museum’s collection.

Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said the exhibition was an insight into the lives of the creatures that ruled the oceans millions of years ago.

“Providing a mix of impressive full-sized and scaled replicas and real fossils, Sea Monsters will definitely make a splash with visitors of all ages this summer,” Dr Thompson said.

“In addition to the exhibition, visitors can experience a jam-packed school holiday program and events including our popular After Dark for adults and Night at the Museum for families.”

Featuring never-before-seen fossils from millions of years ago, gigantic life-sized casts from real specimens and immersive multimedia, Sea Monsters brings to life the marine predators of the past and showcases some of the predators and creatures that now rule the oceans.

Queensland Museum palaeontologist Dr Espen Knutsen said it was a privilege to be able to assist in the curation of Sea Monsters.

“Quite often our prehistoric marine reptiles are overshadowed by dinosaurs and I am excited to be able to share some of my research with visitors to showcase just how ferocious these ancient marine predators were,” Dr Knutsen said.

Sea Monsters runs until 3 May 2021.