Malta demands return of shark tooth Sir David Attenborough gave to delighted Prince George after finding it in 1960s

MALTA has demanded the return of a shark tooth Sir David Attenborough gave to Prince George after the broadcaster found the fossil in the 1960s.

The island’s Culture Minister Jose Herrera said he will get the ball rolling to bring back the tooth to be exhibited in a Maltese museum.

There are some artefacts that are important to natural heritage which ended up abroad and deserve to be retrieved, he told the Times of Malta.

The fossil, believed to be around 23 million years old, belonged to an extinct species of a giant shark that could grow up to 50 feet, three times the size of modern great white sharks.

Attenborough, 94, presented the fossil to Prince George during a private viewing of his new documentary at Kensington Palace.

Photos released by the palace over the weekend showed the 7-year-old prince looking delighted as he examined at the tooth.

Kensington Palace declined to comment.

The veteran naturalist met Prince William, Kate Middleton, both 38, Princess Charlotte, five, and two-year-old Louis, as well as Prince George at Kensington Palace last week.

A Life On Our Planet tells how man is destroying Earth but reveals measures can be taken to reverse environmental disaster.

Sir David, 94, brought the tooth with him to meet William, Kate, both 38, Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and two-year-old Louis at Kensington Palace last week.

The telly presenter found the tooth — from an extinct 15m carcharocles megalodon shark — on holiday in Malta in the 1960s.

In January, Wills and Sir David announced their Earthshot Prize, which will reward anyone solving environmental problems.

The documentary A Life On Our Planet looks back over Sir David’s career.

Famous clips include him rolling around with baby gorillas in Rwanda.

It reveals changes he has seen such as destruction of orangutan habitats but also ways to save the planet.

It is in cinemas from Monday and Netflix next week.

Last year, Sir David was interviewed by the Duke of Cambridge at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

They discussed the scale and urgency of the world’s climate and nature crises.

Sir David was last week the fastest to one million Instagram followers, in just four hours and 44 minutes.

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