Visitors turn out for giant sharks! Megalodon, a dominant marine predator for 15 million years before vanishing two million years ago, provides lessons for shark conservation today. Enter the shark to begin the tour.
The exhibit’s central feature is a 60-foot-long walk-through metal sculpture of an adult Megalodon, complete with graphics, fossil specimens and interactives.
Visitors enjoy the multi-dimensional exhibit experience. Walking into the sculpture’s ‘belly’ provides instant understanding of Megalodon’s huge size.
Modular island units feature large, colorful graphics with shark-tooth-shaped display cases and various interactives.
One of the exhibit’s most popular modules-a series of four Megalodon jaws from 30 to 60-foot-long sharks is a perfect backdrop for family photos.
Touch this set of 46 Megalodon teeth (casts of an unusual intact find) and learn what scientists can discover by studying shark teeth.
The exhibit showcases more than 100 actual fossils, including a wide array of Megalodon teeth from around the world.
Growth rings are visible in shark vertebrae or ‘centra,’ much like tree rings. Turn this wheel of shark centra to magnify and count rings to estimate shark age.
This specimen-rich exhibit features real fossil specimens including shark vertebrae (or ‘centra’), which with teeth are the only parts of sharks that fossilize.
Learn about Megalodon’s family-the megatoothed sharks-all now extinct. Their fossilized teeth, many on display, are primary tools for scientific study.
Megalodon’s Extended Family-learn what makes the ‘mackerel sharks’ unique. This display, like others, includes flip-up Q&A’s for family-centered investigation.
The exhibit also explores sharks living today. See specimens and view six full-scale hanging models.
Six full-scale models of living sharks include this 16-foot great white, a comparatively small creature next to Megalodon.
Megalodon lived throughout ancient oceans. Touch Megalodon teeth from around the world and locate where they were found using push-button lights on a world map.
Shark teeth are the most commonly collected fossils. Explore drawers with 52 species of fossil shark teeth and watch video of kids collecting fossils in a Florida stream.
Today, sharks are in trouble. Learn why and what you can do.
Megalodon has intrigued people for thousands of years. The exhibit features artifacts from ancient Native American cultures to modern art, clothing and jewelry.
This custom-made silver pendant is one of the modern Megalodon-inspired objects on display.
This view through the side of the Megalodon sculpture shows other exhibit modules and hanging models, flexible in layout.
Megalodon-excite children about science.