Sea giant is seeking a name

February 24 2017

THE world’s only example of a species of pliosaur will go on display at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery this June.

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THE world’s only example of a species of pliosaur will go on display at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery this June.

Pliosaurus carpenteri is the length of a bus with sharp teeth the size of bananas, four huge flippers and crushingly powerful jaws. The pliosaur was the ultimate predator of the Jurassic seas and may have swum right where you’re standing today.

Bristol was a very different place 150 million years ago. A warm tropical ocean covered the land, and while dinosaurs walked the earth and pterosaurs were flying the skies, marine reptiles dominated the seas. The pliosaur was the biggest and fiercest of all - there is nothing alive like them today.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery’s internationally significant pliosaur will go on public display for the first time this summer as part of a blockbuster family exhibition sponsored by Clifton High School.

Alongside the fossil, visitors will come face to face with a full size replica of a living pliosaur. But like all unique museum beasts – she needs a name.

A shortlist of names has been gathered by the team at the museum ready for a public vote:

• Brizo (Greek goddess – protector of mariners, sailors and fishermen)

• Chompy 

• Doris (a sea nymph from Greek mythology) 

• Pip

The public can vote for their favourite name at bristolmuseums.org.uk/namethebeast  until  March 12.