Exhibit: Planet Shark-Predator or Prey?

Planet Shark

Planet Shark at Montreal Science Center

Its turning into shark day, no? Maybe its perfect timing because I heard its Shark Week on Discovery Channel.

Isn’t it just right to see a shark movie before a shark exhibit? I thought so at least!

I’ve been wanting to see this since the exhibit started and it was one of the items on my summer activities that I wanted to do and talked about HERE! Finally got one of the activities done!

Technically I’m not sure if I was allowed to take pictures at the exhibit so I will do just a small amount of it to give you a taste of how it was. 🙂

The first thing we walk right in front of is these shark jaws!

Carchardon Megalodon

Carchardon Megalodon

This shark is high danger but its already died out and no one really knows the reason why.

And the whole exhibit has all the types of sharks and their jaws showing their teeth and danger level.

We also see teeth exhibit from different types of sharks and then behind it we have this wall that shows the different sizes of shark in comparison to each other from smallest to largest.

Different sizes of sharks in comparison

Different sizes of sharks in comparison

This one was probably one of the coolest parts of the exhibit and the only real specimens.

Frozen Mako and Tuna Fish

Frozen Real Mako and Tuna Fish at -20C

They also had a little Battle of the Jaws.  Here’s one of the displays comparing a Great White Shark to a Killer Whale

Battle of the Jaws

Battle of the Jaws

Next we get to the movie related section.  First up, we have Jackie Chan’s First Strike animatronic Grey Nurse shark.

animatronic Grey Nurse Shark in Jackie Chan's First Strike

animatronic Grey Nurse Shark in Jackie Chan’s First Strike

After that, we have Jaws…first with some posters

Jaws poster

Jaws poster

Then we have the Jaws Miniature Cages. They were used in the scene with Hooper while real sharks circled the cage.  They had to use a shorter stunt double to do that scene however, because it turned out to be unsafe before Carl Rizzo (stunt double) actually was in that scene, they had to use a dummy instead or else he would’ve been injured (or killed).

Jaws' Miniature Cages

Jaws’ Miniature Cages

I liked this chart below a lot! Mostly because I just had finished watching The Reef.  The review was posted up this morning if you didn’t see it. Its not really clear, but I guess you can get the idea with the little pictures on the side, but if you look at any shark predator movie (especially in The Reef), you will see the group take these precautions as they swim in the water.  Making me feel that The Reef was even more realistic 😉

10 Ways to Avoid Attack

10 Ways to Avoid Attack

This was cool wall collage

This was cool wall collage

That was near the end of the exhibit! It took about an hour to go through the whole thing. It had videos and lots of cool infos with specimens and displays.  It was really awesome! Plus, it gave us access to other exhibits and we ended up checking out an extra one called Mission Gaia.

Mission Gaia

Mission Gaia

Its pretty cool because its about making quick decisions to solve certain issues that occur in our cities and the different sectors.

Lopsided view of Mission Gaia in process of being saved by me and my boyfriend.

Lopsided view of Mission Gaia in process of being saved by me and my boyfriend.

We got through 3 different missions and each one leads to a broader perspective from city wide to more nation wide and worldwide.  You had to choose the right options to grow your city for as many years as possible in the amount of time they gave you but keeping in mind to keep balance in economy, population and environment.  We had 4 tokens to play and make our choices and all the results of the choices had explanations to show the pros and cons 🙂

It was a lot of fun! 🙂 Maybe if it tours to your city, you might want to check it out.  Its definitely worthwhile 🙂

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