National Geographic is promoting its new film “Sea Monsters,” funded in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The film explores prehistoric sea creatures that are the basis of legends like the Loch Ness Monster (a claim I was fascinated by as a child).
Eighty million years ago, places like Kansas were at the bottom of the great inland sea that divided North America, and these “sea monsters” swam above. (My childhood dream was always to stumble upon one’s fossilized remains while poking around in the dirt.)
Sadly, the site’s theater listings indicate that “Sea Monsters” isn’t playing in Mississippi, but it is showing in Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana if you want to check it out.
I spent a lot of my childhood sitting on the carpet in the children’s section of the West Union Attendance Center school library right beside the librarian’s desk where the “strange” books were stored. They included “Thirteen Ghosts and Jeffrey” and the mysteries of the Loch Ness monster, Big Foot and the Bermuda Triangle. Were you fascinated by these subjects as a child? What mysteries intrigued you most?