Take a bite out of Shark Week at MOSH

Photos by DVI.
Photos by DVI.

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.

Screen shot 2014-08-11 at 11.31.47 AMChildren 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.

Screen shot 2014-08-11 at 11.31.29 AM“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

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.