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JANE CHRISTYSON - 216-635-3229 -or- 216-780-9592
BOB ROTATORI - 216-635-3263 -or-
On Thursday, June 28 at 11 a.m., a full-size replica of a
Dunkleosteus,(pronounced DUN-kul-AH-stee-us) an ancient and
extinct shark-eating fish, will leave the workshop where it was
made and head down Valley Parkway to its permanent home in
Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Nature Center in Rocky River
Nicknamed �Dunk,� the 20-foot model will be installed as part of
a new exhibit at the nature center. Because �Dunk �was a
shark-eater, children dressed in shark hats will meet �Dunk� and
create a parade to welcome it to its new home.
Dunkleosteus ruled the Devonian seas nearly 360 million
years ago before the time of the dinosaurs. �Dunk� lived in the
tropical sea that then covered Ohio. �Dunk� fossils of
specimens up to 20 feet in length are frequently found in the shale
cliffs of Rocky River Reservation. But experts say that �Dunk� may
have been up to 30 feet in length and weighed as much as 4 tons,
similar in size to a modern day killer whale.
It is believed that �Dunk� ate sharks and other marine life with
its blade-like jaws and armored head. A mass extinction at the end
of the Devonian era caused �Dunk� to become extinct.
The new exhibit in Rocky RiverNatureCenter interprets the
dynamics of the Rocky RiverValley, from pre-historic to present
day. The exhibit will examine the river, the plants and
animals that utilize the river, pond life (including a beaver dam
and lodge), the geology of the area (including a shale wall where
children can search for model fossils), �Dunk� (including the full
size model), and the human story (including Native Americans and
pioneers). There will be five aquariums with live fish and
frogs and a live turtle viewing area. Within the exhibit
area, there will also be live snakes. All animals and plants
on exhibit are native to Rocky River Reservation. All fossil
models have been based on fossils found within the reservation.
The exhibit cost $40,000 to build and was entirely constructed
by in-house staff.
Cleveland Metroparks - part of your
EDITOR'S NOTE: Members of the media are
invited at 11 a.m. to watch the Dunkleosteus parade. Park at
Rocky River Nature Center (24000 Valley Parkway.) �Dunk� will
begin moving down Valley Parkway at about 10:45 a.m. from the Rocky
River Operations Center (4550 Valley Parkway.) Because �Dunk� was a
shark-eater, it will be met by children dressed in shark hats just
north of Shepard Lane.