At 60 feet long and weighing more than 100 tons, Carcharodon megalodon was the most powerful fish that ever lived and a dominant marine predator. While the Megalodon vanished 2 million years ago, its fascinating story continues to inspire lessons for contemporary science and shark conservation. “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived ” opens at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh February 13 and runs through May 9, 2010.
This unique exhibit showcases both fossil and modern shark specimens, as well as full-scale models from several collections. Visitors enter a full-sized sculpture of Megalodon through massive jaws and discover this shark’s history and the world it inhabited, including its physiology and diet, relatives and neighbors, evolution and extinction.
The exhibit also provides details on how to improve the health of our oceans and survival of threatened species. Recent worldwide declines are attributed to commercial and sport overfishing. Scientists estimate that humans kill 100 million sharks, skates and rays each year, and the life history of most shark species makes it difficult for these populations to rebound.
Another section describes how this animal continues to fascinate many, elevating the Megalodon to near cult status. From biker jackets to postage stamps, the exhibition explains the many ways that the Megalodon remains a part of human culture through art, literature, music and film.
Tickets: $7 Adults; $5 Seniors/Students; $4 Children (5–11); free to Members. Tickets are available at the Museum Box Office (919-733-7450 x212). The exhibit is sponsored by PotashCorp with additional support from 94.7 QDR, UNC-TV and CW22.