Driving across the North American Heartland, surrounded by prairie, it is almost impossible to imagine that at the time of the dinosaurs, a huge inland sea split the continent in half. The Western Interior Seaway teemed with predatory creatures—fanged fish and turtles the size of small cars; prowling sharks and giant squid; hungry plesiosaurs, immense crocodiles, and at the top of the predatory food chain, the mighty mosasaur, the T. Rex of the sea.
Through fascination facts, astonishing discoveries, stunning illustrations, and the latest paleontological information, ‘Dinosaurs’ of the Deep brings the Seaway’s ancient creatures to vivid life.
Shortlisted, Manitoba Book Awards, 2017 – Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award: Children’s Illustrated Category
Shortlisted, Canadian Science Writer’s Association Youth Book Awards
Highly recommended, Best Books, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, 2017
“An inherently fascinating, factually informed and informative, consistently compelling, beautifully and profusely illustrated read for children, ‘Dinosaurs’ of the Deep: Discover Prehistoric Marine Life is enthusiastically recommended for family, school, and community library collections.”
Midwest Book Review
“Educational, engrossing and exceptionally well-written, ‘Dinosaurs’ of the Deep is a definite “must have” for dinosaur buffs and library and school collections. Highly recommended”
“An engaging illustrated book that simplifies and organizes complex information well.”
Manitoba Book Awards
Imagine that you are standing along the Trans-Canada Highway in southwestern Manitoba, or in a cornfield in central Kansas, or perhaps farther north in a pasture in Alberta. Look around. Check out your surroundings. Other than a few rolling hills and the occasional ridge or valley, the land around you is mostly flat. It seems to stretch all the way to the horizon. Miles and miles of flatness with nothing much happening. Or so it seems.
Now peel away time. Go back 70 million years or more, to a period long before humans roamed Manitoba, Kansas, or Alberta, to a time known as the Cretaceous period. Imagine being in the same locations. The mostly flat land is under water, covered by a salty, warm sea. The air above is toxic, swirling with sulfur, carbon dioxide, and other gases.
There’s nothing boring here. The ancient sea swarms with strange creatures. Four-metre (13 feet) fish with mouthfuls of spiked teeth. Turtles the size of small cars. Giant squid 18 metres (59 feet) long. Lizard-like reptiles, some bigger than school buses, swish through the water, tails lashing while even immense sharks scoot away in fear.
The hunt is on. In the ancient sea, predators abound. Danger lurks everywhere. Survival is the key. One false move, one moment of distraction, could be the last for any prey.
Welcome to the Western Interior Seaway, a prehistoric sea filled with fierce creatures that once covered much of the Plains region of present-day Canada and the United States at the same time as dinosaurs roamed the land on both sides of it.