It was a shark tooth.
A huge one at that and by the looks of the pic, Prince Louis was just as interested in the artifact as Prince George. While we cracked the case on the mysterious item, why would he be holding the shark tooth anyways? (Seriously, how did he even get that?)
Well, Sir David himself gifted the six-year-old royal with the tooth. The photo gallery was taken after a screening of Sir David’s upcoming feature film David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet.
The caption answered all our questions and gave us the history behind the terrifying tooth: “When they met, Sir David gave Prince George a tooth from a giant shark the scientific name of which is carcharocles megalodon (‘big tooth’). Sir David found the tooth on a family holiday to Malta in the late 1960s, embedded in the island’s soft yellow limestone which was laid down during the Miocene period some 23 million years ago. Carcharocles is believed to have grown to 15 metres in length, which is about twice the length of the Great White, the largest shark alive today.”
A tooth from a nearly 50-foot-long shark? We don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty cool (and we think Prince George would agree). While he gears up for middle school, wouldn’t this be the perfect show-and-tell?