Museum in a Box - Sharks

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Museum in a Box - Shark

Museum in a Box - Shark
Photographer: James King © Australian Museum

Sharks are fish that have skeletons made of cartilage, gill slits, skin covered with tooth-like denticles and an oily liver for buoyancy. Modern sharks have remained largely unchanged over the last 70 million years since evolving about 150 million years ago. Their ancestors appeared in the ocean about 350 million years ago, long before the dinosaurs evolved. Sharks have one more sense than we have - electro-reception. This enables them to pick up electrical signals made by other living animals and helps them to hunt very effectively. All these aspects of shark biology are studied in this box.

Box Contents:

  • Specimens
  • Wobbegong Shark
  • Port Jackson Shark
  • Blue Shark
  • Enlarged Great White Shark tooth
  • Enlarged Grey Nurse Shark tooth
  • Enlarged Port Jackson Shark tooth
  • Shark teeth resin block
  • Whaler Shark jaws acrylic mount
  • Shark skin frame
  • Create a Megalodon Shark tooth
  • Information panels
  • Books
  • Poster
  • Factsheets


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