A giant squid in a conical shell sizes up his unsuspecting prey, a beetle-like creature innocently scavenging for food on the ocean floor. In a flash, dominance wins and the sandsweeper is enveloped by hungry tentacles. Meanwhile, a pod of irridescent jellyfish gracefully pump through the crystal-clear waters; a cluster of sea lilies, dance in the currents; and a bed of clams instinctively shut their shells.
This is Ancient Seas, a digitally animated, 450 million-year-old underwater world brought to life on three jumbo-sized screens inside a darkened corner of The Manitoba Museum. (more…)