The Sea Monsters exhibition brings together real-life fossils as well as gigantic fossil casts and replicas. There are lots of ways to make a copy of a fossil or a skeleton, and one of them is to 3D-scan the original object and then print out the copy. Some of the Museum's collection objects have been 3D scanned and made available online, so if you have a 3D printer you can download the files and print them yourself! Here we've brought together a few acquatic specimens to get you started. 

White Shark Jaw

White Shark Jaw

This gaping jaw is from a juvenile Great White shark (Carcharodon carcharias), from waters surrounding Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Sperm whale jawbone

Rehua

Sperm whale jawbone

This is the jawbone of Rehua, an adult male sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) that washed up on Twilight beach within the rohe of Ngāti Kuri in Te Hiku o Te Ika – Far North of New Zealand in 2004. Rehua is a significant taonga for Ngāti Kuri, who have generously loaned him to Tamaki Paenga Hira – Auckland War Memorial Museum to become a feature in our new gallery spaces.

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King crab

King crab

This is one of New Zealand’s largest crabs and the leg span can be one metre or more across! King crabs belong to the Family Lithodidae or stone crabs, and a recent study of this group has shown that the New Zealand marine region is a hotspot for lithodid diversity.

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And many more!

And many more!

From battleships to blue penguins, there are many more 3D-scanned objects from our collections that you can download. 

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