The ocean is a peaceful escape for many. It’s a place where surfers, divers, and swimmers feel one with nature and a place where people can relax just by being near it. Well, ocean lovers, beware. Because your opinion is about to change after you learn the history of our oceans’ inhabitants at the “Savage Ancient Seas: The Ancient Aquatic Deep” exhibit at the South Florida Science Museum.
The exhibit, which is the first to open in the museum’s newly expanded space, will explore the water world of the late Cretaceous period, which existed more than 70 million years ago. Visitors will learn how the “dinos of the deep” lived and died and which among them still survive today. Ancient history will come to life with in-depth exhibits and hands-on activity kiosks. And adults and children will stand in awe as they come face-to-face with huge carnivorous marine reptiles with double-hinged jaws and teeth, gigantic flesh-eating fish big enough to swallow an adult human being whole, flying reptiles with three-foot skulls, and the biggest sea turtles to have ever lived.
Dive into our ocean’s past Tuesday through September 16 at the South Florida Science Museum, located at 4801 Dreher Trail N. in West Palm Beach. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Current museum admission (which changes on June 8) is $11.95 for adults, $10.50 for seniors 62 and older, and $8.95 for children 3 to 12. Children under 3 and museum members are admitted free. Additional fees apply for planetarium shows and miniature golf. Call 561-832-1988, or visit sfsm.org.
Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sundays, 12-6 p.m. Starts: May 28. Continues through Sept. 16, 2013