Why T-Rex footprints appeared on a Welsh beach this weekend

Giant T-Rex tracks appeared on a Welsh beach this weekend when Traeth Llyfn in Pembrokeshire was transported back to the Late Cretaceous by a team of 10 sand artists to celebrate the unearthed fact that Tyrannosaurus Rex could swim. The installation celebrates the launch of the TV Apple TV+ series Prehistoric Planet.

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough and composed by Hans Zimmer, the music brings the series to the prehistoric world with a look at natural history. Sand artists spent over 4 hours creating the 50 meter long prehistoric trail. 64 dinosaur footprints crossed the Welsh beach – which served as the filming location for the groundbreaking series.

Passerby Anna Hatton, 72, said: “I saw these giant footprints from up on the cliff path and came down to look at them. It’s amazing how big they are up close.”

Alex Bull, 32, spotted the fingerprints while walking her dog Cali and said: “I was walking down the beach and then I saw these footprints and Cali ran towards them and I was like what on earth in the world could that have made this!? I don’t think Cali would have liked a T-Rex very much.”

Launching worldwide today on Apple TV+, the five-episode natural history series will take viewers back 66 million years to discover our prehistoric world and the dinosaurs that roamed it — and unveil little-known and surprising new science.

Sir David Attenborough said: “I hope that children and their families will sit down to watch Prehistoric Planet and fully immerse themselves in this incredible world and find their imaginations fueled by the amazing prehistoric animals they will discover and learn about throughout the series about every living space.

“It’s an opportunity to bring to life the world’s most famous dinosaurs like T-Rex and Triceratops, but also to truly immerse yourself in their world and see the incredible diversity of life that existed at the time.”

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The series is produced by the world-renowned team at BBC Studios Natural History Unit, with support from MPC’s photorealistic visual effects (“The Lion King”, “The Jungle Book”).

Executive Producer Mike Gunton said, “We wanted to find a stunning way to get people talking about the release of Prehistoric Planet, and what better way than to bring the dinosaurs back to the present day. Our series features some remarkable discoveries, stunning visual effects and an unrivaled narrative from none other than Sir David Attenborough. We’re really excited for everyone to see it and hopefully learn something about the prehistoric world that they didn’t already know.”

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Prehistoric Planet launches this week on Apple TV+ with new episodes daily May 23-27

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