Tooth from giant, prehistoric shark stolen from NC Maritime Museum

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SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Maritime Museum has lost a tooth. Well, actually, it was stolen.

Mary Strickland, who is the curator and manager at the museum in downtown Southport, says two women stole the rare tooth from a megalodon, a giant, prehistoric shark, yesterday afternoon.

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Strickland says security cameras captured the women’s entire visit. She says they parked a white car on the corner in the next block from the museum, walked over to the museum and around from about 2 to 3 p.m. checking out exhibits. She says they were especially interested in the magalodon tooth, which is about 6.5″ long and 5 inches wide.

Strickland says the tooth was under a glass dome on a stand. She says one of the two women came back to it, lifted off the dome and walked away. Then she came back, took the tooth, went around a corner and shoved it down the front of her pants and pulled down her shirt. Then she met up with the other woman and left.

Strickland says the tooth, which her husband found on the shark ledge off the coast and is the largest specimen they’ve discovered, is worth probably about $500 or more.

Southport Police are investigating. If you have any information on who the women may be, contact SPD at (910) 457-7911 or call the NC Maritime Museum at (910) 457-0003.