VALLETTA, Malta (AP) – The young Prince George of Great Britain is able to keep his gigantic shark tooth fossil.
Culture Minister Jose Herrera turned himself back after facing a backlash for announcing his intention to recover the shark tooth fossil that had been a gift to the 7-year-old prince from British naturalist and TV host David Attenborough. A spokesman for the minister told Times of Malta on Tuesday that “it is not (our) intention to pursue this issue further.”
When asked about the flap, Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela said, “we must avoid creating unnecessary controversies.”
Critics of the plan included murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s son Matthew, who wrote on Twitter that a “ megalodon tooth on eBay costs $ 40. Corruption has cost us billions of euros. I ask my government to prioritize and please get a grip on what is important. ”
The fossil, believed to be about three million years old, belonged to an extinct species of a giant shark that could grow up to 16 meters (about 50 feet), three times the size of modern great white sharks.
Attenborough, 94, presented the fossil to the prince during a private viewing of his new documentary at Kensington Palace. He had found it while on vacation on the island in the 1960s.
Photos released by the palace over the weekend showed Prince George looking intrigued as he inspected the tooth.
Malta is a former British colony that gained independence in 1964.