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Rookery Bay Summer of Sharks: Sawfish

The weekly fish feeding demo and talk is always among the most popular features on Kids Free Friday.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.

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The weekly fish feeding demo and talk is always among the most popular features on Kids Free Friday. Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.

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  • Artwork celebrating Rookery Bay's 'Summer of Sharks' adorns the walls and depicts each featured species.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Attendees not only learned about the sawfish but got to touch the 'saw' while learning about its imperiled status.  All sawfish sightings & catches should be reported to Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission at www.myfwc.com.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Rookery Bay volunteers put on a casting contest and discussed fisheries conservation.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Adorned in her sawfish cap, Deborah Woods works on crafts with the Erickson brothers whose Mom Margie says they love all things wild.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • The weekly fish feeding demo and talk is always among the most popular features on Kids Free Friday.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Danielle Dodder and daughters Bianca & Isabel Varetto have fun while learning about shark physiology from Dave Graff of Rookery Bay.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Sawfish were the featured Shark today and everyone was fascinated by the saw or scientifically termed rostrum.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Aaron Stewart and Zen Hauriel-Frank make a simultaneous toss of the beanbags both hoping for a score.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Isabella Pineda, 3 and her Mom show good form in the casting contest.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • A visiting family completes the walk across the footbridge over to the one half mile 'Snail Trail'.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Vivian Sharkey along with Christopher and Joseph Campanella search for ancient treasure at the shark tooth dig.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • An unidentified bottom dweller emerges from its lair during feeding time giving at least one of the kids a 'weird looking' surprise.
  • Madison Beucler, 9 a Kids Free Friday regular reaches for a toy lobster in one of the hands on educational displays.
  • Education Coordinator Sarah Falkowski heads a talk on plankton explaining how tiny organisms are so important to larger creatures like fish and dolphins.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Brandon, Samantha & Connor and Colton have fun before entering Rookery Bay's Kids Free Friday.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.

The imperiled species with the strange saw for an upper jaw was the featured species today as Kids Free Fridays and Summer of Sharks continue.  As usual families enjoyed a story time slide show by Deborah Woods, scientific explanation by Dave Graff and the opportunity to handle rare teeth and jaws of several shark species including the saw or rostrum of a specimen confiscated by Florida Fish and Wildlife.

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