Fla. Museum ‘Mega-Shark’ home school class for ages 7-11 begins Oct. 15

October 5th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is offering a home school class “Mega-Shark” for ages 7-11 starting Oct. 15. Participants will investigate interdisciplinary principles of paleontology, marine biology and ichthyology in a search for the largest shark that ever lived, the 60-foot-long Megalodon.

Pre-registration for the four-day home school session is required. The cost is $72 for Florida Museum members and $86 for non-members. Classes run from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Oct. 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 5. For more information call (352) 846-2000, ext. 248. (more…)

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. (more…)

Discovery Channel ‘Shark Week’ features Florida Museum shark expert

July 26th, 2007

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Discovery Channel will feature Florida Museum of Natural History shark expert George Burgess in two programs during its 20th anniversary Shark Week beginning Sunday through Aug. 4.

Burgess is director of the Florida Program for Shark Research and the International Shark Attack File, both located in the museum on the University of Florida campus.

The week’s opening two-hour special, “Ocean of Fear: The Worst Shark Attack Ever,” airs at 9 p.m. Sunday and tells the story of the USS Indianapolis, which sank in the Philippine Sea in 1945. Hundreds of crew members floated in the water for days and many died from injuries, dehydration and exposure. Some were attacked by sharks. (more…)

Fla. Museum offers special programs for shark exhibit opening Saturday Bring your fossils and ‘Stump the Smithsonian Paleontologists’ Exhibit features 60-foot-long Megalodon walk-through sculpture

June 11th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History for a day of family fun 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday during the opening of the national traveling exhibit, “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived.”

Visitors may bring in their own fossils to try and “Stump the Smithsonian Paleontologists” while having the fossils identified. Other family fun and discovery includes activities and interaction with area fossil club representatives and Florida Museum researchers as well as gallery walks with other local shark experts, including Mark Renz, author of “Megalodon: Hunting the Hunted.” Renz will give a gallery walk at 11 a.m. followed by a book signing session from 12-4 p.m.

Produced by the Florida Museum of Natural History, “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived,” features a 60-foot-long walk-through sculpture of the giant shark and will on display through Jan. 6, 2008. Admission to the Megalodon exhibit is free, though a donation is suggested. (more…)

Fla. Museum opens new shark exhibit June 16 featuring 60-foot-long Megalodon Bring your fossils and "Stump the Smithsonian Paleontologists"

May 31st, 2007

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — At 60 feet long, Megalodon was the largest shark that ever lived and a dominant marine predator. Sharks are at risk today, with recent population declines attributed to humans. Though Megalodon vanished 2 million years ago, its fascinating story inspires lessons for science and shark conservation.

The Florida Museum of Natural History tells this remarkable story in its exciting new national traveling exhibition, “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived,” which opens June 16. The exhibition features a 60-foot-long walk-through sculpture and highlights the evolution, biology and misconceptions regarding giant prehistoric sharks. (more…)

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