Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure

Synopsis: Brings to life some of the most bizarre, ferocious and fascinating creatures to ever inhabit the ocean. Combines animation with recreations in a prehistoric adventure. A journey to the bottom of the ancient oceans dramatizes awe-inspiring creatures.
Production: National Geographic
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IMDB:
7.1
Rotten Tomatoes:
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UNRATED
Year:
2007
40 min
$23,615,670
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[Woman] The National Science Foundation,

where discoveries begin.

[Man Narrating]

Beneath the earth we know...

lie other worlds...

hidden from sight...

lost in time.

But sometimes we can

glimpse a lost world...

through remnants of the past.

We definitely got a skull.

Lower right. What do you think?

It's hard to say.

[Narrator] This story begins

with a discovery of unidentified bones.

Depositional environment?

A team of paleontologists will try

to figure out whose bones they are...

and what world they came from.

So we got a time frame.

That's a start.

[Narrator]

They were discovered in Kansas-

mostly farmland today.

But once, Kansas lay

beneath a vast sea.

It was 82 million years ago...

during the age of the dinosaurs.

[Roaring]

But there was another world

of giants on Earth...

a submerged world...

where enormous reptiles ruled seas

filled with incredible creatures.

These...

were the most dangerous seas

of all time.

No living thing was safe.

The great marine reptiles

disappeared long ago...

and time has buried their world.

But any of us might still

encounter a sea monster.

- [Dog Whining]

- Buddy!

[Whining Continues]

[Whining Continues]

[Narrator] As if from nowhere,

the distant past returns.

The scientists hope to find not just

the fossil of an ancient creature...

but a story recorded in its bones.

Grab your tools.

Rain washed some of the chalk away

and exposed it.

This is great.

Okay-

[Narrator]

They recognize it as something special...

a rare Dolichorhynchops-

a dolly, for short.

It was a marine reptile

of the late Cretaceous...

a little bigger than a dolphin...

and a fast swimmer.

To unravel any story

the bones may tell...

the investigators will draw on

everything they know about marine reptiles.

Yeah, it looks like Hesperornis.

[Narrator] Their fossils have been found

around the world over decades.

It could have been over 30 feet long.

The matrix materials we've got in the lab

seem to indicate-

[Narrator] These finds will help the team

piece together the story of the dolly...

and picture the moment in time

when it swam in the sea.

In many ways, the dolly's world

was far different from ours.

The climate was warmer.

Sea levels were higher,

and more of Earth was submerged.

This dolly would have lived

in a vast inland sea...

that cut North America in two.

Marine reptiles were also found

in the waters around Europe...

which was a scattering of islands...

and throughout the world's oceans.

In time they died out...

and sea levels retreated...

exposing vast areas of seabed.

Fossils from the ancient oceans

turned up on every continent.

A discovery in the Australian outback...

offers clues to how the dolly's life

may have begun.

It seems to be laying out in

a pretty consistent pattern.

are the bones of juveniles.

[Narrator]

So many small bones in one area...

suggests that marine reptiles

gathered in protected shallows to give birth.

And in North America,

that's how the story of this dolly...

begins to unfold.

Imagine that one of

the creatures in the shallows...

is a pregnant Dolichorhynchops.

She gives birth to a male...

and colored like his mother...

and a female...

darker in color

with light patches below her eyes.

And it's her life we begin to follow.

She and her brother

are air breathers.

Instinct tells them what they have to do

in their first minute alive.

From the beginning...

the little female and her brother practice

skills they'll need one day...

when they'll have to leave the safety of the shallows

for the dangerous seas beyond.

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