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Rookery Bay Summer of Sharks: Skates and Rays

Perfectly located just South of 41 off 951/Collier Boulevard, Rookery Bay offers educational opportunities, kayaking, hiking and more.  Call 239-417-6310 for more info.  Photograph by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.

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Perfectly located just South of 41 off 951/Collier Boulevard, Rookery Bay offers educational opportunities, kayaking, hiking and more. Call 239-417-6310 for more info. Photograph by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.

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  • The salted remains of a clear nosed skate earned many a question from the people in line at the educational display table.  Photograph by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Christian Mayberry used a microscope to go in close for a look at the unique properties of shark skin.  Photograph by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Backed by a full auditorium, the dorsal fin of this Black Tip Shark was readily identified by the kids.  Photograph by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Larry Mac Mahon points out the featured artwork of the week to his Mom, aunts, cousins & sister.  Photograph by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Perfectly located just South of 41 off 951/Collier Boulevard, Rookery Bay offers educational opportunities, kayaking, hiking and more.  Call 239-417-6310 for more info.  Photograph by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Dave Graff, left Life Program Coordinator educates an interested group on our local marine ecosystem.  Life stands for Living in Florida's Environment.
  • Many of the adults on hand showed a curiosity for and fascination with sharks, skates and rays.  Photograph by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Sisters Audra and Ava Meyers respond during story time which featured a talk and prentation on skates and rays.  Photograph by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Brothers David & Stephen Piscatelli and their cousin Ethan Cornett have fun near the massive fish replica just inside Rookery Bay's learning center.  Photograph by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Attendance builds at Rookery Bay's Kids Free Fridays and Summer of Sharks.  Photograph by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Grandparents Sam and Carol Hendersen enjoy the aquarium positioned in a replica mangrove environment with Aaron and Ashleigh Esker.  Photograph by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Emily Denis just 3 had lots of questions for Grandpa Frank Sica in from New Jersey.  Photograph by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Grandma Elizabeth Rechtin shares a moment with grandson Lukas age 6 a new Naples resident from Scranton, Pa.  Photograph by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Mac Kenzie & Robbie Blair, vacationing from New Jersey pose near the entrance of Rookery Bay for their Grandmother.  Photograph by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Deborah Woods pulled the kids in close for weekly story time and interactively showed a book on the life of skates and rays.  Photograph by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.

As Rookery Bay's Summer of Sharks and Kids Free Fridays continued, today's feature was skates and rays- closely related to sharks.  As always Deborah Woods conducted a story time presentation and book reading on the subject, attendees got to handle real scientific remains, check out a video and look over shark related artwork. 

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