The latest Omnimax show, "Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World", will start showing at the Hong Kong Space Museum on September 1 and will screen until February 29 next year. Using advanced animation technology, the show will take audiences back to ancient oceans 200 million years ago, exploring the reign of giant marine reptiles in the Mesozoic Era, and will bring viewers into close contact with grotesque ancient creatures of the deep ocean.
In the time dinosaurs ruled the land on Earth around 200 million years ago, a large number of marine reptiles coexisted in the seas and oceans, dominating the ancient underwater world as if they were kings.
Three different groups of marine reptiles ruled the marine world one after the other for more than 100 million years in the Mesozoic Era because of their unique strengths. These were the ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs and mosasaurs. Ichthyosaurs had huge eyes that could withstand extreme water pressure, and they were able to easily make out their prey in the darkness at great depths. Plesiosaurs, which had relatively long necks and lived in solitude, were among the most ferocious predators in the oceans in their time. Mosasaurs looked like giant sea lizards. They swam by undulating like a snake and were even more ferocious than sharks.
The show will feature plesiosaurs such as the Elasmosaurus and the Liopleurodon, mosasaurs such as the Prognathodon, and the Ophthalmosaurus, which was a type of ichthyosaur. Also, to help audiences gain a better understanding of past marine creatures, other grotesque marine reptiles including ammonites, which were molluscs that moved by squirting water from their bodies, and the honisaurus, which was the largest marine reptile ever, will also be featured.
The 41-minute "Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World" will be screened at 1.30pm, 5pm and 8.30pm daily at the Hong Kong Space Museum’s Stanley Ho Space Theatre. The Museum is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays). Tickets at $24 (front stalls) and $32 (stalls) are available at the Hong Kong Space Museum Box Office and at all URBTIX outlets. Full-time students, senior citizens and people with disabilities can enjoy a half-price concession.
The Hong Kong Space Museum is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. For further information, please call 2721 0226 or visit the website at www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/Space/WhatsNew/e_index.htm.
Ends/Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The Ophthalmosaurus, which was characterised by a pair of big eyes. The huge eyes were protected by doughnut-shaped bones, making the creatures able to make out their prey in the darkness at great depths despite the extreme water pressure. (© 2010 3D Entertainment Distribution/N3D Land Productions)
The Elasmosaurus, which possessed a tiny head and short tail but had four strong and powerful limbs. The Elasmosaurus' neck was the longest among of all plesiosaurs. (© 2010 3D Entertainment Distribution/N3D Land Productions)
The Shonisaurus had a body length of 23 metres, weighed 45 tonnes and was the largest marine reptile ever. (© 2010 3D Entertainment Distribution/N3D Land Productions)