As you know from our DINOSAUR TRAIN backpack giveaway post yesterday, my family enjoys watching the DINOSAUR TRAIN series on PBS. My kids love exploring the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic time periods with Buddy and the Pteranodon family as they travel on the Dinosaur Train. In the new "Under the Sea" episodes, the dinosaurs travel in a glass tunnel to different under water stations and learn about marine creatures. We had the chance to preview four of the new under water episodes:
• "Elmer Elasmosaurus" - The Dinosaur Train’s new Aquacar gets its first passenger when the Pteranodon family helps transport Elmer back to his home in the ocean. This long-necked, giant marine reptile is a deep-sea diver with a special talent for holding his breath. (Cretaceous time period)
• "Carla Cretoxyrhina" - On their underwater excursion, the Pteranodon family meets up with a young shark named Carla Cretoxyrhina and her father. Both sharks turn out to be much nicer than their reputations suggest. Kids learn that the prehistoric Cretoxyrhina is similar to the great white shark. (Cretaceous time period)
• "The Amazing Michelinoceras Brothers" - Buddy and his family continue their underwater adventure by traveling deep underwater on the Dinosaur Train to view two backwards-bounding brothers named Max and Mitch Michelinoceras. (Triassic time period)
• "Paulie Pliosaurus" - The Pteranodon family view the "T. rex of the Ocean," a marine reptile called Paulie Pliosaurus, one of the largest-ever marine predators known. The group gets to meet his very large mother as well. (Jurassic time period)
Cowabunga! These ocean themed episodes feature a fun and catchy beach music song sung by the conductor and my kids love to sing along. Before watching the episodes we had never heard of these prehistoric creatures of the ocean. The kids especially enjoyed watching the shark episode and my daughter was surprised that the shark species has been around for such a long time. They also loved comparing Buddy to Paulie Pliosaurus, the "T-Rex of the Ocean." Later on we researched the Pliosaurus and learned that a large plesiosaur fossil measuring 50 feet was discovered a couple of years ago on an Arctic island. That's the beauty of DINOSAUR TRAIN - it appeals to a wide audience. Younger kids can watch the show and check out the corresponding website, while older dinosaur-loving kids can further research and learn more about the dinosaurs and creatures introduced in the episodes.
DINOSAUR TRAIN: Dinosaurs Under The Sea DVD contains the four episodes mentioned above plus four others (eight total) and runs 120 minutes.
• Elmer Elasmosaurus
• Carla Cretoxyrhina
• The Amazing Michelinoceras Brothers
• Paulie Pliosaurus
• Elmer Visits the Desert
• Shiny’s Sea Shells
• Jess Hesperornis
• The Old Spinosaurus and the Sea
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