Gulf Coast Exploreum opens Sea Rex, new exhibit

December 14, 2011 – 4:06 pm

Mobile, Alabama’s Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center will open Giant Screen film Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World along with a new exhibit featuring the Megalodon shark. The Press Register writes:

The Exploreum announced last week that it will open “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived,” opening Jan. 28.

The exhibit, which will remain on view through May 6, is sponsored by ExxonMobil and features a 60-foot-long, walk-through sculpture and highlights the evolution, biology and misconceptions regarding giant prehistoric sharks. Fossil and modern shark specimens are showcased along with full-scale models from several collections.

Visitors enter a full-size sculpture of Megalodon through massive jaws and discover the shark’s history and the world it inhabited, including its size, structure, diet, lifespan, relatives, neighbors, evolution and extinction.

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In conjunction with the “Megalodon” exhibit, the Gulf Coast Exploreum and 3D Entertainment Distribution will present a new IMAX film, “Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World,” which will have its Mobile premiere Jan. 29 in the 177-seat J.L. Bedsole IMAX Dome Theater.

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UPDATE: More news from the Gulf Coast Exploreum:

Press-Register: Q&A: Exploreum director Gretchen Jaspering