Sir David Attenborough Gives Prince George Shark Tooth Found in Malta

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sat down with Sir David Attenborough earlier this past week for a special outdoor screening of his upcoming documentary “David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet”

 

 

Malta was featured in Sir David’s conversation with Prince George, as he gave him a tooth from a giant shark, the scientific name of which is carcharocles megalodon (‘big tooth’).

 

 

Sir David, in fact, found this tooth on a family holiday to Malta in the late 1960s, “embedded in the island’s soft yellow limestone which was laid down during the Miocene period some 23 million years ago.“

A Palace aide said that the children were fascinated by the shark tooth and its Maltese origins!

 

 

Carcharocles is believed to have grown to 15 metres in length, which is about twice the length of the Great White, the largest shark alive today.

With a shared passion for protecting the natural world, The Cambridges and Sir David Attenborough will continue to support one another in their missions to tackle some of the biggest environmental challenges our planet faces.

 

 

This includes working together on  the Earthshot Prize the most prestigious global environment prize in history.

 

Photos: The Royal Family

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