Prince George was given a giant shark’s tooth as a gift by Sir David Attenborough after the naturalist met with the royal family to watch his new documentary together.
The fossilised tooth was from the extinct Carcharocles megalodon – one of the most feared predators to have swum in the seas.
The young prince, 7, seemed pleased with his new memento and was pictured looking intrigued as he handled the object.
Sir David met, who recently broke the record for reaching a million followers on Instagram, with Prince William and Kate at an outdoor, socially distanced, private viewing of A Life On Our Planet in the palace’s grounds.
It’s billed as a ‘a revealing and powerful first-hand account’ in which Sir David reflects on both the defining moments of his life as a naturalist and the devastating changes he has witnessed.
Both the Duke of Cambridge and Sir David were offered directors’ chairs with their names printed on the back to sit in, but in a change of plan they sat in each other’s seats.
The 94-year-old broadcaster chatted to William, Kate and their three children George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis after the screening on Thursday.
William interviewed Sir David at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last year, and during the discussion the broadcaster warned that humanity needed to act so that they did not ‘annihilate part of the natural world’.
With a shared passion for protecting the environment, the men continue to support each other in their mission to tackle some of the biggest ecological challenges the planet faces.
This includes working together on William’s Earthshot Prize, an ambitious global environment project announced last December to combat climate issues. Further details about the prize are expected in the coming weeks.
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.
David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, produced by WWF and Silverback Films, premieres in cinemas on Monday and will launch on Netflix on October 4. An accompanying book is published on October 1.
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