A 150 million year old sea monster skull has gone on display at a Dorset museum. 

The huge skull of a pliosaur which was found on a beach near Kimmeridge Bay has gone on display at the Etches Collection Museum of Jurassic Marine Life in Kimmeridge. 

Sir David Attenborough recently followed the journey of a team of expert scientists and palaeontologists unearth the skull in his BBC show, Attenborough and the Giant Sea Monster. 

The 12 metre long marine reptile lived around 150 million years ago in the Jurassic period. 

Its bite is thought to have been twice that of a great white shark and the reptile has even been described as “the T-rex of the seas”. 

A fossil enthusiast was walking along the rocky beaches of the bay last year when he discovered the creature’s jaw. 

Dug up by renowned palaeontologist Dr Steve Etches MBE and his team, they had only three weeks to excavate the skull before the storms of late summer arrived. 

Suspended by ropes, 12 metres up in the cliff face, the team faced treacherous weather conditions while hammering away at the rock. One false move and the skull could have smashed. 

After it was recovered, it was taken to a workshop to be restored over several months. 

The museum is open between 10am and 5pm Monday to Sunday.