Shark to arrive at MOSI on Thursday at 5 p.m.
Tampa, Fla., May 20, 2013 – Sea Monsters Revealed is adding a pregnant silky shark to the exhibition, and it is scheduled to arrive from China on Thursday, May 23, at 5 p.m. Photographers and reporters are invited to see the shark unloaded once it arrives. Silky sharks are viviparous, meaning they give birth to live young without laying eggs. The eggs are fertilized within the female shark and are retained as the embryos develop. As the embryo grows larger, it receives nutrients via an umbilical cord the same as humans.
“Virtually all sharks give birth to fully formed pups, but they are fish, not mammals,” said Steve Murawski, a research professor in the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida. “When the eggs are fertilized, the embryos are kept within the mother’s body cavity, but it’s not really a uterus. Silky sharks in particular can have anywhere from 4 – 12 babies in one litter.”
The silky shark joining the Sea Monsters Revealed exhibition has three baby sharks in its womb and four swimming along beside her.
Sea Monsters Revealed, an exhibition of the world’s largest plastinated sea creatures, is now open at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI). Like the human anatomy exhibits that now circle the globe, Sea Monsters Revealed uses the revolutionary polymer preservation technique commonly known as plastination to bring real sea animals onto dry land for an up-close and personal look at the most mysterious creatures the deep sea has to offer. In addition to the newly added pregnant silky shark, visitors will see a 6-foot-wide manta ray, a 15-foot-long mako shark, a giant squid, an 18-foot-long, 3,000 pound whale shark, and more.
Sea Monsters Revealed made a splash with its world premiere and is now open at MOSI through Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Museum hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 813-987-6000 or visiting mosi.org.
Sea Monsters Revealed in Tampa is funded, in part, by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners/Tourist Development Council. SEA MONSTERS, SEA MONSTERS REVEALED and SEA MONSTERS THE EXHIBITION are trademarks of Base Sea Monsters, LLC.
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MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, industry, and technology, and is home to the only IMAX® DOME Theatre in the state of Florida. With a total size of more than 400,000 square feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States. Learn through play inside Kids In Charge! the largest Children’s Science Center in the nation; The Amazing You—a 13,000 square-foot exhibition on health and wellness; or Disasterville, featuring Bay News 9 WeatherQuest, which combines education and 10,000 square feet of interactive exhibits on the science behind natural disasters. Conquer your fears on MOSI’s Sky Trail® Ropes Course, featuring 35 elements on a 12 – 36 foot high, multilevel structure, or soar 700 feet on the Sky Trail Zip Line. Budding inventors can Dream It – Make It – Do it in MOSI’s new technology playground & inventor’s studio, Idea Zone, and preschoolers can experiment with friction and collision physics in Slippery Science, a PNC Passport to Science – Grow Up Great Initiative. Additionally, MOSI recently unveiled its newest exhibition Mission: Moonbase, funded in part by NASA, where guests can travel to the moon to operate a lunar colony. MOSI is the proud winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for museums. For more information on MOSI, visit www.mosi.org.
About BASE Entertainment
BASE Entertainment (Producer) BASE develops, produces and manages intellectual properties generated for live entertainment stages in North America, Asia and Brazil. BASE’s current production activity in Las Vegas includes the following: Rock Of Ages at the Venetian, Peepshow at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Jersey Boys at The Paris, Absinthe at Caesars Palace, Defending the Caveman and Million Dollar Quartet (opening February 2013), at Harrah’s. BASE also presented an exclusive holiday engagement of the all new Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Spectacular production at The Palazzo. Previous production activity in Las Vegas includes: Phantom at The Venetian, Wayne Brady – Making It Up at The Venetian, and Stomp Out Loud at Planet Hollywood. In addition, BASE operates the Showroom and PH Live at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. At Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, BASE programs both the Grand Theater, previously home to both The Lion King and Wicked, and the Sands Theater, where Jersey Boys is currently playing (in partnership with Dodger Properties and Showtime). In Brazil, BASE, in partnership with Geo Eventos, recently produced Priscilla Queen of the Desert in Sao Paulo in March 2012. Spy: The Secret World of Espionage represents the premiere museum quality exhibition developed and presented by BASE. BASE Entertainment’s headquarters are in New York, and its founders include industry veterans Brian Becker and Scott Zeiger. For more information please visit www.BASEentertainment.com.