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Megalodon: Largest Shark That Ever Lived
May 24 - September 14, 2014

You may have seen the movie Jaws – but you’ve never seen jaws like these. They belonged to a 60-foot-long behemoth, whose giant mouth bristled with 276 teeth. MOSH tells the remarkable story of this prehistoric shark that ruled the seas more than two million years ago in the national traveling exhibit, Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived, opening Memorial Day Weekend, May 24, 2014.

As unique as Megalodon was, so too is the exhibition that tells the story of this enormous creature. Visitors enter a full-sized (60-feet-long) sculpture of Megalodon through massive jaws and discover this shark’s history and the world it inhabited, including its size, structure, diet, lifespan, relatives, neighbors, evolution and extinction.

Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived showcases fossil and modern shark specimens and provides details on improving the health of our oceans and survival of threatened species. Recent worldwide declines are attributed to commercial and sport overfishing. Scientists estimate humans kill 100 million sharks, skates and rays each year, and the life history of most shark species makes it difficult for populations to rebound. For those wondering why we need sharks, the Megalodon exhibition asks guests to consider the marine food web domino effect caused by overfishing.

Another exhibition section describes how this animal continues to fascinate many, elevating Megalodon to near cult-status. From biker jackets to postage stamps, the exhibition explains the many ways Megalodon remains a part of human culture through art, literature, music and film.

Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived was produced by the Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, with support from the National Science Foundation. The exhibit is sponsored locally by The Barco Family Foundation, The Suddath Companies, Dr. Harry Lee, Dr. Clifford Jeremiah, BUZZ, First Coast News, The Florida-Times Union and Jax4Kids. It will be on display at MOSH May 24 through Swptember 14, 2014.