|In the spring of 1989 the site was declared a protected heritage site. Then, in 1991, Courtenay Museum enlisted over forty volunteers, including a number of young people, to assist with the excavation of the rest of the elasmosaur. By the end of an arduous three-month quarry, the group had recovered over three-quarters of a complete elasmosaur.|
Rolf Ludvigsen oversaw the elasmosaur excavation, and has watched interest
in his profession soar.
The exhibition OUR ANCIENT ISLAND was created to display the elasmosaur, along with specimens representative of a Cretaceous marine environment.