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Buzz Saw Sharks Exhibit Closes on Jan. 4

December 1, 2014

The Buzz Saw Sharks of Long Ago will swim away from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium after Jan. 4.

So, it’s last call to see the amazing exhibit, featuring prehistoric shark sculptures, priceless artifacts and the story of the behemoth whorl tooth sharks that roamed the seas some 270 million years ago.

The exhibit in the zoo’s North Pacific Aquarium is open through Jan. 4.

One of the best ways to see it is to purchase a Zoo/Zoolights Combo Pass, which allows visitors to see the zoo and its animals during the day and then stroll through the magic of Zoolights after dark.

Combo Passes are a great bargain and may be purchased at the zoo’s main gate.

The Buzz Saw Sharks of Long Ago exhibition is grounded in science while at the same time springing from the lively imagination of Alaska artist Ray Troll, who has persistently pursued details of the gigantic prehistoric shark for more than two decades.

The exhibit features fossils from the Idaho Museum of Natural History and sculpture by Gary Staab in addition to Troll’s artwork.

Four fossils - one as big as an automobile tire - show the elaborate whorls, or tooth structures, of Helicoprion. These fossils were dug out of phosphate mines in Idaho.

The exhibit also contains three casts of priceless fossils, including one that was key to learning the actual dentition of the strange-looking sharks.

 Informational graphics and an interactive shark jaw also are included in the displays. Colorful paintings and murals by Troll cover the aquarium walls.

A 15-foot-long prehistoric shark sculpture hangs over the main tank of the North Pacific Aquarium. Five ratfish, the shark’s living relatives, swim peacefully in the pool below.

And a huge shark body bursts out a wall.

It’s a one-of-a-kind, must-see exhibit that will captivate children and adults alike.
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