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Jim is sculpting a model of the huge prehistoric shark, Megalodon, which is then enlarged and installed in the exhibit.
A rubber mold is made of the model. A resin cast is then created and used to build the full-sized, 34-foot Megalodon.
Sculptors carved the full-sized shark in foam, inserting steel supports before more work is done.
To ship this giant beast across country and get it into the Museum, our Megalodon was cut into three sections.
Once in the Museum, the shark pieces are reassembled and hung in our atrium as part of Fossil Mysteries.
The shark is wrapped and ready to go.
A welder installs the mounting brackets to hang the 34 foot long shark.
Megalodon shark pieces in our Atrium awaiting assembly.
Shark Assembly 101.
Shark fin reattached to the body.
The Megalodon is prepped for its final coat of paint.
Hanging the Megalodon shark.
A unique Atrium view...
Final positioning of the Megalodon shark.
View of the Megalodon shark from the 2nd floor.
The final product, a Megalodon shark "swimming" in our Atrium.
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