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A lesson on sharks and rays at the Pacific Beach Library

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One workshop participant closely examines the inner workings of a shark as depicted on the plastic model.
(Savanah Duffy)

Two local shark researchers hosted an hour-long workshop, “World Below the Waves: Sharks! Myths & Mysteries” at the PB library on June 26 to welcome students and marine-animal enthusiasts to learn more about sharks and rays. The event kicked off with an interactive PowerPoint lecture by Laura K. Jordan-Smith and Dovi Kacev to inform the youthful audience about everything from how many senses a shark has (the answer: seven), what a shark actually is, how many species of rays there are (more than 600!), and they addressed a slew of commonly-accepted myths about sharks. Afterward, the kids were able to take a closer look at the sharks and rays preserved in jars, and review charts, books, models, shark teeth and more. —Savanah Duffy

 

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A young girl plays with the shark toys available at the World Below the Waves workshop.
( Savanah Duffy )

 

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Dovi Kacev, Ph.D. teaches the youngsters about the small shark preserved in a jar.
(Savanah Duffy)

 

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Four students listen eagerly to Dovi Kacev answer their many inquires.
( Savanah Duffy )

 

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A few boys examine the jaws of a shark skeleton.
( Savanah Duffy )

 

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Jake (right) and a friend pose with the jars of rays and sharks.
( Savanah Duffy )

 

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Laura Jordan-Smith, Ph.D. holds up a model of a shark’s jaw for the students.
(Savanah Duffy)


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