Jaws. The beginning


May 19 – July 29

The Museum of the World Ocean presents its “scariest” project. Predators of the deep-sea are ready to meet visitors and show their toothy arsenal – their jaws. You’d be surprised but teeth can not only tell scary stories but also give information about the evolution of the number one killer on the planet. Jaws of the Ocean. Sharks Between the Past and the Future – that is the name of the new exhibition which allows you to peep into a shark’s mouth and get to know its kinship with a ray.
Visitors can see ten-million-year-old or older palaeontological pieces. They show how the prehistoric sea monsters, including the megalodon looked like. The megalodon jaws used to be displayed aboard the R/V Vityaz but have been moved to the exposition Depth and have got teeth to visually demonstrate horrific abilities.
The exhibition also features the present-day species jaws (15 pieces) belonging to 13 families of sharks, rays and chimaeras: from the giant great hammerhead to the tiniest sicklefin weasel shark and coral catshark. Jaws of a very rare shark – the goblin shark which is in the Red Data List – are also displayed at the exhibition.
A reconstruction of Cladoselache was specially created for the museum. Cladoselache is a prehistoric shark which was the first to obtain a familiar shark-like body. Jaws of the oldest living shark – the bluntnose sixgill shark – are presented as well. A large section titled Sharks and Humans tells about how the locals of Oceania use shark teeth.
Visitors are welcome to take pictures with a weapon made of tiger shark teeth. The most curious guests can see fossil shark teeth – of the Cretaceous Period (100—70 million years ago) and the Paleogene Period (60—25 million years ago) – in detail under a microscope as well as to take part in a quiz and watch popular science films about sharks.