Discover “Why Sharks Matter: The Ecological and Economic Importance of Sharks, Threats They Face, and How You Can Help” when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh welcomes shark conservation biologist David Shiffman on Tuesday, March 9 at 7pm. Reserve your seat now for this multimedia presentation by visiting or calling the Museum Box Office at 919-733-7450 x212. Fee: $6 for general public (discounts for Museum Members and Students).
Shiffman graduated with distinction in Biology from Duke and is now a Masters in Marine Biology candidate at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. His research focuses on the feeding behavior and conservation of sandbar sharks. Shiffman is also a prolific writer for Southern Fried Science, one of the most widely read marine biology blogs on the internet.
The Museum’s current special exhibit, “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived,” will be open from 5 to 7pm prior to the presentation. At 60 feet long and weighing nearly 100 tons, Carcharodon megalodon was the most powerful fish that ever lived and a dominant marine predator. While the Megalodon vanished 2 million years ago, its fascinating story continues to inspire lessons for contemporary science and shark conservation. “Megalodon” runs through May 9, 2010. Fee: $7 Adults; $5 Seniors/Students; $4 Children (5–11); free to Members.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 West Jones St., Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Find more information online at www.naturalsciences.org. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm and Sunday, Noon-5pm. General admission is free. The Museum is an agency of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee Freeman, Secretar