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Mega-Mania: The Giant Exhibit Swimming into the Burpee

ROCKFORD -- A new exhibit swims into the Burpee Museum of Natural History and Eyewitness News gets a sneak peak.
ROCKFORD -- A new exhibit swims into the Burpee Museum of Natural History and Eyewitness News gets a sneak peak.

Something big is taking over the Burpee. Standing 60 feet in size, it could swallow you whole. It went extinct about 1.5 million of years ago. But now it's back and in a big way.

"We've got tons of stuff," said Scott Williams, Burpee Exhibits and Science Director. "We've got six life-size shark models in here, a Hammerhead, Great White, Mako, we have a model of Megaladon, the largest shark that ever lived that you can actually walk through."

And that's not all. Williams takes us on a tour of the 5,000 square foot exhibit that you'll have to see to believe.

"This tooth right here is just a modern great white tooth, and then here's the tooth of a big Megaladon so you can see the disparity in size here," said Williams. "We have a kiosk where your kids can measure themselves up to a modern shark so you can literally stand up against the wall."
 
So what does a Megaladon that's the size of one-and-a-half school buses eat? A lot of tuna! More than 6,600 cans in one day! But don't expect to get answers like that anywhere else. This is the first time the Megaladon exhibit has traveled to the Midwest. 

 To capture everything it has to offer with a lens is next to impossible.

"I think it's going to be a block buster exhibit and i'm looking forward to seeing a bunch of people who have cabin fever who are sick of the cold, who want to get in here and pretend their swimming in the tropics," Williams said.

The Megaladon exhibit officially opens to the public Saturday morning at 10. It will run at the Burpee through April 29th.







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