RALEIGH — Sharks invoke fear in many of us, but statistics show we are much more likely to drown in the ocean than be bitten by a shark. How do we know? Meet shark expert and curator of the International Shark Attack File George H. Burgess as the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences presents “Shark-Human Interactions: Who’s Attacking Whom?”  on Thursday, April 29 at 7 pm. Reserve your seat now for this multimedia presentation by visiting or calling the Museum Box Office at 919.733.7450 x212. Fee: $5 for adults; $4 for students.
Burgess is an ichthyologist, fisheries biologist and coordinator of Museum Operations at the Florida Museum of Natural History and Director of the Florida Program for Shark Research (FPSR), a member of the federally supported National Shark Research Consortium. He also serves as curator of the International Shark Attack File, a comprehensive scientific database that is recognized as the definitive source of information on shark attacks. Burgess has studied sharks for nearly 40 years and is frequently featured in natural history programs prepared for the BBC, Discovery Channel and National Geographic Channel. His presentation will address the dynamics between shark attacks and shark harvesting, putting into perspective who’s the winner and loser in these interactions.
The Museum’s current special exhibit, “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived ,” will be open and offering a special discounted admission from 5 to 7 pm prior to the presentation. (Fee: $4 for all tickets; free to Members.) At 60 feet long and weighing nearly 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” runs through May 9, 2010.