Niagara Gazette

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May 9, 2014

Shark bait -- dogfish dissection draws a crowd to Lew-Port science club


Niagara Gazette — Brownstein took them through much of the shark’s biology, explaining how their circulation, digestive and reproductive systems work before finely working his scalpel to reveal the inner workings. The shark he was working with was actually pregnant when it died with four young still in its womb.

It sounds gross, but the babies received the most attention from the humans in the room when the audience was permitted to approach the head table and physically handle the subject.

“I really liked the baby sharks and seeing the teeth,” sixth-grade student Jack Dunn said, after explaining he hadn’t seen anything like the dissection except through virtual tours the computers have that includes a frog autopsy.

For Brownstein, the event was also a first. He’d never gone into a classroom to perform a dissection before. It turned out to be a learning experience for everyone in the room.

“I’m glad people go to see it,” he said. “It allows them to get hands on.”

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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