[SHARKS! Fact and Fantasy]

[Silvertip Shark, photo by Steve Drogin]

This exhibition closed on January 3, 1999.

Walk through an ocean habitat, complete with sounds of the ocean and special sun-filtered lighting, and see over a dozen life-sized shark models swimming above. Ranging in size from 18 inches to 20 feet, you'll see the hammerhead, thresher, mako, horn shark, and a 12-foot-long great white. Get up close and personal with these ancient sea animals which have inhabited the oceans for over 415 million years.

See how large ancient sharks were as you compare yourself to a cast of the huge jaws of Carcharodon megalodon, a giant fossil shark. At the other extreme, view real live shark embryos of horn and swell sharks as they develop in the nursery tank.

Interactive displays explain shark biology including anatomy, behavior, and adaptation. Discover how sharks perceive their environment and find their prey through highly specialized senses of sight, hearing, scent, and the ability to perceive electrical impulses.

Examine the role of sharks in human culture: utilization, interaction and co-existence. Shark images appear in all aspects of our culture, from myths and legends to advertising and art. Shark by-products, including articles made from shark skin, shark liver oil, medicines, soaps, and cosmetics, demonstrate the tangible role of sharks in our everyday lives.

Shark photographed by Steve Drogin

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