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Extinct mega shark tooth stolen

A three-inch tooth belonging to the extinct Megalodon has been stolen from a secret location in the Ningaloo Coast in Australia.

A giant fossil tooth of a huge prehistoric shark has been stolen from a national park in Australia.

The 3-inch tooth was taken from a secret location on the remote Ningaloo Coast in Western Australia, the BBC.

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“We are investigating the theft of a 1.6 million year old megalodon (ancient shark) tooth on the Ningaloo Coast,” tweeted the Parks and Wildlife Service of Western Australia Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Monday.

We are investigating the theft of a 1.6 million year old megalodon (ancient shark) tooth on the Ningaloo Coast. All info can be reported to Parks and Wildlife Service Exmouth office (08) 9947 8000. pic.twitter.com/7xbuiBhHNJ

— Parks and Wildlife (@WAParksWildlife) March 13, 2018

The tooth was stolen from the Cape Range National Park, which is about 690 km north of Perth.

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A giant predator, the now extinct megalodon reached approximately 60 metres in length. The BBC reports that the megalodon tooth was one of the two on the Ningaloo Coast, a large and strikingly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site.

The megalodon, who is believed by some to be an ancestor of the great white shark, lived from 16 million to 2 million years ago, according to LiveScience.

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Only a handful of people knew the location of the tooth, that was attached to rock, according to the BBC report. Arvid Hogstrom, a spokesman for Western Australia the Department of Environment and Conservation, told the BBC that the staff hid the tooth with a “natural characteristics.” The rare artifact, that in a “semi-secret” location, it was probably removed with a hammer and chisel.

A member of the public reported the missing tooth park rangers on Friday, March 9, according to a Facebook post by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

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Last year, vandals destroyed a dinosaur footprint in the rock at a renowned paleontology site in Australia.

Although rare, megalodon teeth have been found in other parts of the world. A huge megashark tooth, for example, was excavated in 2016 in North Myrtle Beach, S. C., in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. In 2013, a Texas couple on vacation in Florida found into two equal halves of a megalodon tooth.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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