LARGEST SHARK EXHIBIT MAKES ITS WAY TO BISHOP MUSEUM
Honolulu - An exhibit based on the largest shark that ever lived is now making its way to Hawai‘i by boat from Florida. Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived is a popular shark exhibit that just kicked off its national tour. First stop, Bishop Museum. It will be featured from October 11, 2008 through January 11, 2009 in the Museum’s Castle Memorial Building.
The Florida Museum of Natural History developed the exhibit with support from the National Science Foundation. The exhibit features a 60-foot-long walk-through sculpture of the massive shark that vanished nearly two million years ago, and highlights the evolution, biology and misconceptions regarding this marine predator.
Megalodon is among the most highly studied prehistoric sharks in the world. Sharks are known to have been in existence for more than 400 million years – 200 million years before dinosaurs. Visitors to the exhibit will learn about the story of the Megalodon and about modern shark specimens. The exhibit will also provide facts on the health of our oceans and the survival of threatened species. Scientists estimate 100 millions sharks, skates, and rays are killed each year making it difficult for populations to rebound.
Megalodon’s Honolulu debut is sponsored in part by Horizon Lines, Inc., Honolulu Advertiser, and Island Air.
General admission will apply, except on Family Sunday, November 9, 2008, when discounted admissions are offered to Hawai‘i residents and Military. For more information about Megalodon: Largest Shark That Ever Lived and other ongoing exhibits, please visit www.bishopmuseum.org or call (808) 847-3511.