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Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
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DVD cover of Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure.
Directed by Sean MacLeod Phillips
Produced by National Geographic
Written by Mose Richards
Narrated by Liev Schreiber
Music by Richard Evans, David Rhodes and Peter Gabriel
Editing by Jonathan P. Shaw
Distributed by National Geographic
Release date(s) October 5, 2007
Running time 40 minutes
Language English

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure is a film by National Geographic which is set in the Earth's prehistoric past, 70 million years ago. The film features state-of-the-art three dimensional photographic and computer-generated characters/animals, along with an ambient score. The setting alternates between prehistory and modern day times in which scientists study the fossilized remains of the creatures in the film. It is filmed in 3D and requires 3D glasses to view correctly.


The protagonist of the story is Dolly, a female Dolichorhynchops, who travels the Kansas Inland Sea, 70 million years ago during the late Cretaceous period with her family. She gets attacked by a shark (Cretoxyrhina) which kills her mother. Dolly survives with a tooth embedded in her flipper. Later, Dolly's brother is swallowed whole by a young Tylosaurus, then an older Tylosaurus kills the younger one, leaving Dolly alone. Then she becomes a mother and has three young of her of own. After seasons of traveling around the Inland sea, Dolly dies peacefully of old age.


Creatures featured

Most of the creatures are later identified on the official website and the DVD.

  • Ammonite
  • Baculite (identified as "straight-shelled ammonites")
  • Bananogmius, an extinct genus of bony fish
  • Caproberyx, an extinct genus of bony fish
  • Cretoxyrhina,a large shark
  • Dolichorhynchops (often shortened to "dollies" in the story), a genus of plesiosaur and the main animal in the film.
  • Enchodus, an extinct genus of bony fish
  • Gillicus, a relatively small, 2-meter long ichthyodectid fish
  • Gorgosaurus, a genus of tyrannosaurid theropod dinosaur
  • Henodus (cameo), a placodont with an elaborate shell of the Late Triassic period
  • Hesperornis, an extinct genus of flightless aquatic birds
  • Inoceramus, an extinct genus of giant clam
  • Jellyfish (live-acted)
  • Kronosaurus (cameo),an extinct genus of short-necked pliosaur
  • Leptecodon, a genus of prehistoric fish
  • Nothosaurus (cameo),an extinct genus of sauropterygian reptile
  • Platecarpus, an extinct genus of aquatic lizard belonging to the mosasaur family
  • Protosphyraena, a fossil genus of swordfish-like marine fish
  • Protostega, an extinct species of marine turtle
  • Pteranodon, one of the largest pterosaur genera
  • Squalicorax, a genus of extinct lamniform shark
  • Styxosaurus, a genus of plesiosaur of the family Elasmosauridae
  • Temnodontosaurus (cameo), a big ichthyosaur
  • Tusoteuthis, a genus of Cretaceous cephalopod molluscs
  • Tylosaurus, a big mosasaur
  • Uintacrinus (identified as "crinoid"), a floating colonial crinoid
  • Xiphactinus, a 4.5 to 5 m (15 to 20 feet) long predatory bony fish

Video game

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure is a video game from DSI Games and Zoo Digital Publishing, it was released on the Wii, PlayStation 2, and Nintendo DS on October 25, 2007. The game, developed by Destination Software, Inc. allows players to interact in a prehistoric world of sea creatures. Players can control Thalassomedon, Henodus, Temnodontosaurus, Tylosaurus, Dolichorhynchops and Nothosaurus. One of the main features is the whole adventure setting, it is almost completely a free-roam game with challenges and the most important task: to recover all the hidden fossils.

The game received poor reviews across all platforms.[1][2][3]



Despite the video game's poor review, the film received rave reviews for its storyline, music and outstanding special effects. Review website Rotten Tomatoes reports the film has a 100% "Fresh" rating from 12 positive reviews, something rarely seen on the website.

See also


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • AllRovi
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