Fla. Museum shark expert George Burgess to speak at Aug. 30 ‘Jaws’ science movie night

August 23rd, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History presents a special showing of the 1975 thriller “Jaws” beginning at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 as part of Museum Nights.

Following the film, Florida Museum shark expert George Burgess will discuss his research and the truth about shark aggression. Burgess is director of the International Shark Attack File and the Florida Program for Shark Research, both housed at the Florida Museum on the University of Florida campus.

Burgess assisted in creating and is featured in the Florida Museum’s new temporary exhibit “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived,” on display through Jan. 6, 2008. Visitors may enter the jaws of a 60-foot-long Megalodon sculpture and learn more about this giant creature that vanished 2 million years ago. The exhibit also explores how humans can help protect today’s shark population and the oceans.

Funded by UF Student Government, Museum Nights are held many Thursday evenings following the UF academic calendar at the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. The program strives to increase student and community visitation at the UF Cultural Plaza, located near the intersection of Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road. Museum Nights offers individuals who are too busy during the day the opportunity to visit the museums in the evening, when they remain open until 9 p.m. For more information and a complete schedule, visit the UF Student Government web site, www.sg.ufl.edu.

Writer: Christine Eschenfelder
Media contact: Paul Ramey, pramey@flmnh.ufl.edu