Museum hosts mega-sharks

A family explores Australian National Surfing Museum.

What’s more frightening than a great white shark?

How about a mega shark almost twice the size of the biggest great white alive today!

It’s not a Hollywood script but a real prehistoric mega shark (carcharocles angustidens), with its fossilised teeth found on the Surf Coast.

The predatory whale janjucetus hunderi (25 million-years-old), whose fossil skull was found at Jan Juc, also lurks within the Australian National Surfing Museum.

The new Fossil Beach exhibition at the museum features life-size reproductions of these unique prehistoric creatures, fossils, kid’s activities and more.

It also tells the stories of significant fossil finds along the Surf Coast, highlighting the citizen scientists who made these exciting discoveries.

Alongside Fossil Beach, the museum explores the art of riding waves with an unrivalled array of surfing-related objects and breathtaking films.

The museum traces more than a century of one of Australia’s most popular pastimes and its important characters, events and milestones.

An unmatched collection of more than 150 surfboards spans a century of surfing, including a pair of 100-year-old solid timber boards from Hawaii to the personal rides of the sport’s legends.

Australian Surfing Hall of Fame tells the stories of the sport’s pioneers and champions, while dozens of stunning photos and other exhibits showcase surfing’s unique culture.

The museum is open from 9am to 5pm every day except Christmas Day.

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