Sydney: A giant fossilised tooth from a prehistoric shark has gone missing from a supposedly secret location at a remote Australian World Heritage site, and wildlife officials want it back.
The well-preserved tooth, which could be valuable to collectors, is an estimated 2-2.5 million years old and belonged to a Megalodon, regarded as one of the largest and most powerful fish to have ever lived.
“It had quite defined features on it, so you could see the serrated edge of the shark’s tooth, it was probably one of the better specimens we knew of,” said Arvid Hogstrom from Parks and Wildlife in Western Australia.
One of just a few Megalodon specimens in the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, “very few people” knew of its location, he added, without elaborating on exactly how many.
“It is not something someone would have stumbled across and they have been required to put a bit of effort in to get it out of the rock as well,” he said.
“We presume… An amateur collector (has taken it) or…