Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure

Theatrical Release: January 25, 2008
DVD Release: June 24, 2008
Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure


In the Late Cretaceous, a great inland ocean divided North America in two. A curious and adventurous dolichorynchops (familiarly known as a ”dolly”) travels through life”s stages, experiencing the world from her spot near the bottom of the food chain. Along the way, she”ll encounter long-necked pleisosaurs, giant turtles, enormous fish, ferocious flippered crocs, fierce sharks, and the most dangerous sea monsters of all, the mosasaurs.

Dove Review

Great 3D effects, a pleasant narration, and engaging reenactments make this IMAX experience a completely enjoyable one. Showcasing several fossil finds in the outback of Australia, western Kansas, South Dakota and Israel, the animated life-like sea creatures leap off the screen (quite literally) in a display of great ocean variety. I found the discoveries of a few great sea creatures who still had smaller creatures in what used to be their stomachs quite intriguing as it revealed that some of these creatures died shortly after a meal. It was also interesting to learn one of the creatures probably sprayed ink as a defense mechanism.

There is a vague mention of evolution as the narrator speaks of creatures who developed webbed feet and the like over a period of time but this is minimal with the emphasis of the film being on recreating what these sea creatures probably looked like based on the discovered fossil remains. The 3D effects were as good or better than any I’ve experienced with even life-like bubbles from the ocean floating near my head on a couple of occasions. We gladly award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this documentary. But beware when you attend a screening of this film because the sea monsters will get you if you don’t watch out!

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: A few images of the sea creatures preying on other creatures.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: Brief comment along the lines of evolution.


Company: National Geographic Giant
Producer: Jini Durr
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 40 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter