Megalodon at the Mall?

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Educator Eric Holtz teaches a young family about the Megalodon.

Megalodon at the Mall?

Oct 20, 2010

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is pleased to partner with Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh to exhibit a six foot tall Megalodon shark jaw in the H&M wing of the mall.

Similar to modern day sharks and rays, Megalodon was a cartilaginous fish. The only remaining scientific evidence from this extinct predator is teeth. Ranging in length from four to six inches, the teeth indicate that this animal was massive, approximately 50-60 feet.

The Aquarium’s replicated jaw has an interesting story. The original Megalodon teeth were found in Aurora, NC – a full set. Megalodons had four rows of teeth. Most Megalodon models use two or three teeth molds repeated on each row. This jaw is made from molds from the complete set: four rows of each individual tooth.

Megalodon ruled the sea from 20 million to about two million years ago. Climate change during this time may have caused their extinction by altering the migratory routes of whales, which was the food of choice for Megalodon.

The Megalodon shark jaw will be on exhibit at Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh through May 2011, when it will return to the Aquarium at Fort Fisher in preparation for the opening of a new exhibit in June 2011.

Media contact: Amy Kilgore, Public Relations Coordinator, 910-458-8257 ext. 211

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