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PASQUIA REGIONAL PARK

Fun in the Sun

BIG BERT

Big Bert lived along the shore of an ancient ocean 92 million years ago. The finger of ocean, known as the Western Interior Seaway, divided North America in half. Crocodiles, birds, sharks, fish, and giant clams lived in a climate that was much like that of the Florida Everglades. Geographical evidence shows the three main archeological sites along the Carrot River were somewhere near the eastern shoreline of the ancient ocean.

The crocodile (Big Bert) is the first of its kind in Canada and the only one of four known in North America. He was unearthed in 1991 by the staff of the Saskatchewan Museum of Natural History, Regina, and the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa. His discovery presented scientists with new information about prehistoric crocodiles.

Big Bert's slender snout was full of long skinny teeth, and was perfect for catching fish. While Big Bert was cruising through the water chasing his lunch, he would tuck his small front feet close to his body and use his back feet and long tail to propel himself. It is estimated that Big Bert was 25 feet long. That's over 7 meters!

Bones of Big Bert                                  Bones of Big Bert

 

This site has been funded by:

 

Tourism Saskatchewan Tourism Saskatchewan logo  & the East Central Tourism Region East Central Tourism Region logo 

      

For more information contact:

Pasquia Regional Park
Box 339
Arborfield, Saskatchewan, Canada
SOE 0A0
Office Tel: (306) 768-3239   Fax: (306) 769-8307

Pro Shop Tel:  (306) 768-2880

 Restaurant Tel:  (306) 768-2881

pasquia1@xplornet.ca