​Dinosaurs Return from Extinction to Prowl Aquarium’s Gallery

Monday, June 08, 2015

(Virginia Beach, VA) –Dinosaurs may have roamed the earth around 215 million years ago (mya) before man (1.8 mya), but Homo sapiens (human species) are still fascinated by them. The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center will give you the chance to get close to these incredible creatures as the changing exhibit gallery is transformed by sight, sound and touch into "Dinosaurs!" The exhibit opens to the public June 14 and remains through Jan. 3, 2016.

 

Featured in the exhibit are eight dinosaur species that conquered the earth by land, air and sea during the Jurassic (200-140 mya) and the Cretaceous (140 – 65 mya) periods.  The dinosaurs are surrounded by scenes of their natural environment but even more impressive is the realistic animatronic movements and sounds they emit!

 

The Tyrannosaurus will probably be the most recognized dinosaur. Even though it has the shortest arms, this “tyrant reptile” lives up to its name as the largest land-dwelling meat-eater that ever lived. Surveying the wetlands will be an Apatosaurus family. This “deceptive reptile” pulled its own weight at 35 tons living mostly on land reaching tree branches and other plant life thanks to its long neck. An Apatosaurus could also wade in bodies of water, much like an elephant. Another plant eating dinosaur in the exhibit is the Stegosaurus who can be found roaming in the sun. It is known for its high plates along its back and its spike tail. Other dinosaurs in the exhibit include a Protoceratops couple overlooking their nest and hatchlings, a Mosasaurus prowling the seas, and a Pteranodon in the air.

 

One kind of dinosaur you wouldn’t find from that time period is a remote control T.rex! Guests will have an opportunity to see how the robotic dinosaurs were built by Kokoro Exhibits and actually operate it. Other components of the Dinosaurs! exhibit include a Paleo Discovery Dig station, a Fossil Rubbing Interactive, and a Create Your Own Dinosaurs and Hide the Dinosaurs in Camouflage challenge.

 

To see dinosaurs in another dimension, guests can view the movie "Walking with Dinosaurs 3D" in the Aquarium’s National Geographic 3D Theater. This animated family film about dinosaurs is set in the late Cretaceous period. Viewers will see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, in a story where an underdog dino triumphs to become a hero for the ages. Visit VirginiaAquarium.com for show times.

 

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, a Virginia Green Attraction, is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. The Aquarium is also a member of World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Aquarium is located at 717 General Booth Blvd., just south of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach.  For more information on exhibits, movies in the National Geographic 3D Theater, Sea Adventures and special events call (757) 385-FISH (3474), (TTY 711) or visit VirginiaAquarium.com.

 

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