‘Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived’ swims into Adventure Science Center Sept. 26
Temporary exhibit, new planetarium show feature ocean predators
NOTE TO MEDIA: A media preview with Adventure Science Center staff and VIPs will be offered Thursday, Sept. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m.
NASHVILLE, Sept. 14, 2015—“Get out of the water!” At 60 feet long and weighing 80 tons, Megalodon would make Jaws look like a guppy.
Adventure Science Center dives into the remarkable story of this prehistoric creature in Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived, which opens on Saturday, Sept. 26. Visitors and school groups can walk through massive jaws into an exhibit that highlights the evolution, biology and misconceptions of giant prehistoric sharks. More information is available at www.adventuresci.org/megalodon.
“Often misunderstood and feared, sharks continue to fascinate our culture,” said Susan Duvenhage, president and CEO of Adventure Science Center. “The Megalodon exhibit helps dispel some myths and teaches us that sharks are a vital part of ocean ecosystems.”
Though Megalodon vanished 2 million years ago, its fascinating story inspires lessons for science and shark conservation. The exhibit conveys current research findings of Florida Museum of Natural History paleontologists and showcases both fossil and modern shark specimens and full-scale models from several collections.
As part of the exhibit opening, the following special activities will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.:
· Touch Tanks – Get up close and personal with some sea creatures courtesy of the Aquarium Restaurant.
· Shark Adaptations – Discover how sharks have adapted to life under water and quickly became one of the ocean’s most infamous predators.
· Shark Scavenger Hunt – Can you find all the hidden sharks? Snag a worksheet and explore the Science Center to find clues to where the different species of sharks are hidden.
At 12:30 p.m., guests can participate in a special Dogfish Shark Dissection Lab, taking a closer look at what makes sharks so special. Groups will examine the external and internal features of a dogfish shark (Squalus acanthias) using basic dissection techniques. Limited space; advance registration required at www.adventuresci.org/megalodon; additional lab fee applies.
Just in time for the opening of Megalodon, the Sudekum Planetarium will begin showing Great White Shark. The full-dome program features the strength and beauty of these animals by looking through the eyes of those who have been touched by their shark encounters, including expert freedivers who tag great whites by simply holding their breath and swimming alongside the sharks. Tickets for the Great White Shark planetarium show are $6 for non-members and $3 for members, in addition to general admission.
Leading up to the exhibit opening, the Science Center will host a discussion on “Prehistoric Predators” during Science Café, on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will be led by Larisa R.G. DeSantis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Vanderbilt University, and will include research findings on giant sharks and more. Free and open to the public.
“The Megalodon exhibit is something that young children can see and touch but still has a depth of research that adults can appreciate as well. We hope all guests will be consumed with awe during their visit and walk away with a greater sense of respect for these amazing creatures,” Duvenhage said.
Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived is included with general admission to the Science Center and with school group field trips. The exhibit runs through Jan. 31, 2016, and will include other shark-themed live science demonstrations on select dates. More information is available at www.adventuresci.org/megalodon.
Field trips to Adventure Science Center can be booked by calling (615) 862-5177 or visiting www.adventuresci.org/education.
Program and activities subject to change.
Megalodon was produced by the Florida Museum of Natural History with support from the National Science Foundation. Contributing sponsor: American Paper & Twine Co.
Great White Shark is sponsored by TVA.
About Adventure Science Center For nearly 70 years, Adventure Science Center has brought science to life for students, teachers and families in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Northern Alabama and beyond. The Center offers hands-on, interactive exhibits and engaging programs that encourage visitors of all ages to explore how science is relevant in their lives. Adventure Science Center encourages imagination and curiosity in a fun, dynamic learning environment. For more information, call (615) 862-5160 or visit www.adventuresci.org.