If watching endless hours of Discovery Channel shows isn’t enough Shark Week fun for you, dive Downtown to the Museum of Science and History to check out Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived.
Curated by the Florida Natural Museum of History in Gainesville, this special MOSH summertime exhibit shares information on Megalodon, a 60-foot-long prehistoric shark that ruled the seas – including the St. Johns River – more than two million years ago.
Children and adults will enjoy learning about this sea beast and present-day sharks that evolved from it by exploring the exhibit’s life-size displays, genuine artifacts, historical information and interactive activities.
Kids will love checking out the dig pit – any real sharks teeth they find are theirs to keep! Adults will also get a kick out of themed display cases, such as the one showcasing shark-related pop-culture memorabilia. Families can also bring in their own shark teeth to compare them to ones at shark-teeth identification stations. Also during exhibit hours, MOSH interns man demonstration booths of cool shark artifacts.
“We’re so excited to offer First Coast residents and visitors a fun way to celebrate Shark Week,” said Kristi Taylor, MOSH’s communications manager. “The Megalodon exhibit is the perfect outing for shark enthusiasts and is a great way to learn why the conservation of sharks is so important.”
Also this week, MOSH is running a Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived photo contest. Snap a photo of the exhibit, and upload it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #MegaAtMOSH for a chance to win. Learn more on MOSH’s Facebook page, or check out www.themosh.org.
The museum, including the Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived, is open daily. Visit MOSH’s website for hours of operation. Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived runs through Sept. 14. Odyssey’s SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure, a Tampa-based shipwreck-themed exhibit, opens Oct. 11.