Sometimes plesiosaurs appear in the movies and in other fiction.
Here's a summary of some memorable, and not so memorable, plesiosaur cameos.
This extremely large and stupid-looking plesiosaur, apparently an Elasmosaurus,
appeared in the 1957 film 'The Land Unknown'. Look at those fangs!
Behold! Stand in wonder and awe! ...and admire the gorgeous thick neck of the Crater Lake Monster
(1977). Lake monsters, as we shall see, are directors' favourites.
The supposed plesiosaur / Loch Ness Monster / Jack the Ripper character appears in the fantastically titled 'Amazon Women on the Moon' (1986).
Plesiosaurs do suit bowler hats - Dashing!
In 'The Land That Time Forgot' (1974), Doug McClure and company battle with, slay, and subsequently eat, a somewhat respectable looking plastic plesiosaur.
"Does one drink red or white wine with plesiosaur meat?"
Poster from 'The Land That Time Forgot' (1974).
'Beneath Loch Ness' (2001) is a film about the search for plesiosaurs living in Scotland. The monsters are computer generated and seem to have lovely big red eyes.
I know nothing else about this film. Not to be confused with 'Loch Ness'.
More plesiosaurs in Loch Ness (1996) in...well, 'Loch Ness'. Not to be confused with 'Beneath Loch Ness'.
I saw this in the cinema when it was first released. Do I recommend it? Nah.
Possibly the most accurate of all the plesiosaurs featured on this page. 'The Familyness' is a cartoon that featured various idiosyncratic plesiosaurs.
From left to right: Her Royal High-Ness, Eager-ness, Heavy-Ness and just out of view are Brian Blessed-Ness and Best Dressed-Ness.
Plesiosaur in King Kong
This beached plesiosaur appears briefly in the opening sequence of Tree of Life (2011).
It cranes its neck to peer at a wound on its flank.
What's in a name? Well, here's that pliosaur again,
the one we know almost nothing about, in Xtinction: Predator X (2010).
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The skeletons in the site header are (from left to right): Kronosaurus (in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge), Thalassomedon (in the American Museum of Natural History, New York), Cryptoclidus (In the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow), Rhomaleosaurus (in the Natural History Museum, London), Dolichorhynchops (in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, Washington) and Thalassiodracon (in the Natural History Museum, London).