The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ latest special exhibit — “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived ” — opens February 13 and runs through May 9, 2010. At more than 60 feet long and weighing 100 tons, Carcharodon megalodon was the most powerful marine predator that ever lived. Although the megalodon vanished 2 million years ago, its fascinating story continues to amaze and inspire.To help celebrate this new exhibit, we are asking kids to illustrate their best and most realistic version of a shark in its natural surroundings. Judging will be based on artistic ability and scientific accuracy. Two winners from each of four age groups will receive a prize and have their illustration displayed in the Museum Store. All entrants receive one free children’s admission to “Megalodon” (value = $5).Illustrations are due no later than March 15, 2010. Winning entries will be selected and artists notified by April 1. Age Groups: Kindergarten & Under, Grades 1–3, Grades 4–6, Grades 7-9.Entries can be submitted in person or by mail to:The Museum Store NC Museum of Natural Sciences 11 W. Jones St. Raleigh, NC 27601RulesEach participant must turn in a Submission Form , which is available at the Museum Store and online. One submission form per illustration. Limit of 3 illustrations per child.Kids can draw or paint using whatever medium they choose (i.e. crayon, brush, acrylics, water paints and/or pencil) as long as it is on a standard sheet of paper (8.5 x 11).We encourage kids to use all resources accessible to them to make their illustrations as realistic as possible, however, copied or traced drawings will not be taken into consideration. Computer-generated art or drawings done with the help of an adult will not be accepted in the contest. Drawings left unfinished, with missing information, or exceeding the measures indicated above will also be disqualified.Illustrations will only be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope.Immediate family members of Museum or Friends of the Museum staff are ineligible.