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July 13, 2012

By Trish Weaver

Research & Collections

Our hunt for big Cretaceous squid pens has led us north to Morden, Manitoba, home of the Canadian Fossil Discovery Center and other gigantically giant sea monsters. We were warned not to ask our botfly question at the border. We didn’t ask so, we still don’t know the answer, but they did allow Dan and I into Canada. Upon arriving at the Discovery Center we were greeted with “are you the squid people?” Imagining ourselves to be the living embodiments of Kang and Kodos from The Simpsons, we of course said “yes” and I regretted not having brought my rubber finger tentacle to shake hands with. We were also asked if “we’d met Bruce yet?” We hadn’t, but we soon did. Bruce is a 40-foot-long mosasaur that was collected decades ago and is on display at the center. That is one heck of a mosasaur!

Having met Bruce, it was…

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