museum and palaeontology in B.C.
In May 1984 Richard Boldt and his son Aaron found the remains of a marine turtle on the Puntledge River in Courtenay, British Columbia, midway up Vancouver Island. The turtle was the first recorded Cretaceous marine reptile in B.C. Although the find was significant, it remained relatively unnoticed by the public until Mike and Heather Trask's discovery of the elasmosaur.
|The Puntledge elasmosaur
was identified by Dr. Betsy Nicholls in January 1989. It was the first elasmosaur
west of the Canadian Rockies and the largest marine reptile ever found in
The reconstructed elasmosaur, completed in 1995 by Prehistoric Animal Structures, is the culmination of a huge community effort since Heather's find.