TAMPA - When the world premiere of Sea Monsters Revealed opens at The Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa, visitors will not just get an up-close and personal look at deep sea creatures but will be exposed to deep sea life.
The never-before-seen exhibition will open March 9 at MOSI but ABC Action News got a sneak preview!
The specimens are still being placed in their cases and lights are being strategically placed but we were able to take our cameras into the museum to give you a look at what you will see when the exhibit is revealed.
More than 18 full-body sea creatures will be on display, making this the world's largest plastinated sea creature exhibit. These sea monsters include a 6-foot-wide manta ray, a 15-foot-long mako shark, a giant squid, and an 18-foot-long, 3,000 pound whale shark.
"The creatures in this exhibition are so massive, so impressive, and so magical, that you truly have to experience it to grasp its impact and importance," says the exhibition's creator, John Zaller.
There will also be more than 150 smaller creatures that represent sea life, including a penguin, octopus and parrot fish.
Much like Bodies… The Exhibition, Monsters Revealed will show you these creatures inside and out. You will be able to see the inner workings of sea animals.
Along with the display of sharks, fish and crabs, the interactive exhibit will give you a look at the life of an oceanographer.
When all the lights are hung and all the displays are in place you will feel like you are on an adventure, says MOSI Representative Shannon Herbon.
Herbon says the exhibit is designed to make you feel like an oceanographer observing the sea creatures in their natural habitat. The smell of salty air will make you feel like you are taking a journey to the middle of an ocean. The lighting is supposed to make you feel like you are looking up at the Sun after descending deep under the sea.
Sea Monsters Revealed will be on display at MOSI through Sept. 2.
Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets for are $18.95 for adults, $16.95 for seniors (60+) and $12.95 for children (2-12). Guests can add MOSI general exhibits or a documentary IMAX film for $5 each.
For tickets or more information, call 813-987-6000 or visit mosi.org .