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Sea Monsters exhibition will debut at MOSI

This spring MOSI will host the world premiere of Sea Monsters Revealed, an exhibition of the world's largest collection of "plastinated sea creatures," that brings sea animals on dry land for an upclose look.

It's described as being similar to the Bodies exhibition of human anatomy, except with sea creatures. More than 18 full-body sea creatures will be on display, along with more than 150 individual organs and smaller specimens.

MOSI president Wit Ostrenko said he was "thrilled" to host the exhibition's debut, which opens March 9 and runs through Labor Day.

"We believe that it will set a new standard for traveling exhibitions and has the potential to match the tremendous impact created by the world premiere of Bodies," Ostrenko said in a press release.

Like the human anatomy exhibits that now circle the globe, this one uses a polymer preservation technique known as plastination to put real sea animals on display, including a 6-foot manta ray, a 15-foot mako shark, a giant squid, and an 18-foot, 3,000-pound whale shark.

All specimens in the exhibition are authentic, said the exhibition's creator, John Zaller.

"The creatures in this exhibition are so massive, so impressive, and so magical, that you truly have to experience it to grasp its impact and importance," Zaller said in the press release.

Some of the interactive elements include a specially built submersible, a chance to walk on the ocean floor and a specially constructed touch pool.

The exhibition is the result of a partnership between MOSI, BASE Entertainment, KRE8 360, Mote Marine Laboratory, MacGillivray Freeman Films and The Cascade Game Foundry.

>> Fast facts

Sea Monsters Revealed

Where: Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa

When: March 9 through Labor Day.

Tickets: $18.95 adults, $16.95 seniors 60 and over, $12.95 for children 2-12. For $5 more, you get admission to all MOSI exhibits.

Sea Monsters exhibition will debut at MOSI 02/06/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 9:53pm]
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