Nurse, sandbar and
sand tiger sharks in the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center’s
Norfolk Canyon Aquarium are about to have some competition in size and
reputation. Staff is making room in the changing exhibits gallery for a
walk-through replica of the extinct Megalodon, which at 60 feet long, could
figuratively be called the mother of all sharks. The exhibit Megalodon:
Largest Shark that Ever Lived dispels myths, confirms facts, examines
its culture, and inspires lessons for science and shark conservation today.
traveling exhibition, produced by the Florida Museum of Natural History,
Gainesville, with support from the National Science Foundation, opens at the Virginia Aquarium November 10
and runs through February 19. It is free with Aquarium admission.
As unique as Megalodon was, so too is the
exhibition that tells the story of this enormous creature. The exhibition
showcases both fossil and modern shark specimens as well as full-scale models
from several collections. Visitors enter a full-size 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 over 2 million years ago.