The Great White Shark Found in Aurora Soon to Be Displayed at the National Museum

Or part of it, anyway.

The great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) likes to hang around the coast in oceans in many parts of the world, but not in the Philippines. So when this species of large mackerel shark was found on the beach of Barangay Lobbot, Dipaculao, Aurora on January 24, tourists and locals were surprised and it immediately attracted national attention. It wasn't the first time that this marine animal has been spotted in our waters, said non-government organization Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, but it is the first time that local authorities can preserve parts of the specimen. For this reason, the National Museum of the Philippines sought the permission of the Municipal Government of Dipaculao to retrieve the jaws and teeth of the great white shark for the purpose of displaying them at the soon-to-open National Museum of Natural History.


The National Museum team removing the head from the decomposing body

To avoid health issues, the shark was immediately buried on the beach when it was found on January 24. The body has heavily decomposed after just one week.

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Zoologist Dr. Jo Marie Acebes removes the tissue from the recovered jaw

The National Museum team led by zoologist Dr. Jo Marie Acebes exhumed the buried Dipaculao great white shark at the beach. The plan is to reconstruct the specimen following methods used by the Australian Museum in Sydney. The female remains were found to measure 5.15 meters, with jaws at 70.1 centimeters and has over 50-razor sharp teeth.


A reconstructed jaw of a great white shark on display at the Australian Museum in Sydney

The National Museum of Natural History is the third building of the National Museum of the Philippines. Expected to open on May 18, it will showcase the country's biodiversity and put on display our evolving flora and fauna.


The National Museum of the Philippines is at P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila. It is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the National Museum website.



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