Explore the newly refurbished Sharks box.


Museum in a Box
Image: James King
© Australian Museum

Sharks are fish that have skeletons made of cartilage, gill slits, skin covered with tooth-like denticles and an oily liver for buoyancy. Modern sharks have remained largely unchanged over the last 70 million years since evolving about 150 million years ago. Their ancestors appeared in the ocean about 350 million years ago, long before the dinosaurs evolved. Sharks have one more sense than we have - electro-reception. This enables them to pick up electrical signals made by other living animals and helps them to hunt very effectively. All these aspects of shark biology are studied in this box.

Box Contents:

  • Specimens
  • Wobbegong Shark
  • Port Jackson Shark
  • Blue Shark
  • Enlarged Great White Shark tooth
  • Enlarged Grey Nurse Shark tooth
  • Enlarged Port Jackson Shark tooth
  • Shark teeth resin block
  • Whaler Shark jaws acrylic mount
  • Shark skin frame
  • Create a Megalodon Shark tooth
  • Information panels
  • Books
  • Poster
  • Factsheets

A charge applies to loan the Museum in a Box program for 3 weeks. This charge covers booking, handling, maintenance and freight of the box to and from any school or education institution. Please ensure you read the risk assessment before you book. A tax invoice will be sent after you book.

$110 (incl. GST) per box for NSW regional schools, PSFP schools and NSW age care facilities.

$154 (incl GST) per box for Greater Sydney postcodes; 2250 - 2260, 2500 - 2526, 2555 - 2573 & 2745 - 2770

$182 (incl. GST) per box for Sydney Metropolitan schools and interstate organisations.

The Australian Museum applies the designation of Sydney Metropolitan to schools with postcodes up to and including 2234.


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