The Duchess of Cambridge has talked about Prince George’s obsession with dinosaurs in the past – now her eldest son is the proud owner of a shark’s tooth from the time of the prehistoric giants thanks to Sir David Attenborough.
In a new photograph released by Kensington Palace, seven-year-old George looked ecstatic as he handled the fossilised giant shark’s tooth given to him by Sir David.
His younger brother Prince Louis and dad Prince William were also in the photo taking a good look at the tooth, which came from an extinct carcharocles megalodon, described as one of the most feared predators to have swum in the seas.
Sir David gave the present to Prince George after a private viewing of his new environmental documentary with the Duke of Cambridge, in the palace’s grounds.
In A Life On Our Planet, Sir David reflects on both the defining moments of his life as a naturalist and the devastating changes he has witnessed. A photo shows William and Sir David sitting in directors’ chairs with their names printed on the back, but as a joke they decided to sit in each other’s seats.
Another photograph showed the Cambridge family clearly very happy to be hosting Sir David at Kensington Palace last week.
The giant shark tooth given to George was found by Sir David during a family holiday to Malta in the late 1960s.
It was embedded in the island’s soft yellow limestone, which was laid down during the Miocene period some 23 million years ago.
Carcharocles megalodon is believed to have grown to 15 metres in length, which is about twice the length of the great white shark.
Prince William and Sir David’s shared passion for protecting the planet was seen last year when William interviewed Sir David at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
It is understood that Sir David is also supporting the Duke of Cambridge in what has been described as William’s most ambitious prize to date, the Earthshot Prize.
The prize, announced in January, is designed to try and “dispel the current pessimism around the environment”.
It is hoped it will gain the prestige of the Nobel prize, recognising individuals, groups or organisations who come up with solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental problems. Further details about the project are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, produced by WWF and Silverback Films, premieres in cinemas on Monday and will launch on Netflix on 4 October.