By H.B. Bardarson
What child doesn’t like sharks and dinosaurs when growing up? This summer is the “Summer of Sharks” at the Alaska SeaLife Center, where fossils of the spiral-toothed or “Buzz Saw” shark, Helicoprion, will be on display through September before migrating south to the University of Oregon for its next exhibit. Alaskan artist Ray Troll, Paleontologist Dr. Leif Tapanila, and ex-Marine undergrad Jesse Pruitt are the trio that appear to be an unlikely group on first glance, but were brought together by the “powers of the spiral” as Troll calls it. Alaskan artist Ray Troll of Ketchikan is well known in his home state for his fish pun art that can be found on everything from Alaskans’ living room walls to T-Shirts, refrigerator magnets, and bumper stickers. Phrases like “Spawn ‘Til You Die” have become basic staples of Troll’s pun fish art, but this prehistoric shark exhibit at the Alaska SeaLife Center has been decades in the making and has brought together unlikely institutions from the University of Idaho’s Idaho Museum of Natural History to places as far away as the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
By Bob Shafer
This last Wednesday at 1 p.m., three truckloads of coho (silver) salmon smolt were released at the Bear Creek Weir by the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association. These smolt are part of the annual stocking program that the City of Seward and the Chamber of Commerce support. Last year, for the first time in at least five years, we saw a healthy return of bright, catchable cohos, allowing shore anglers a chance to put fresh fillets in the freezer. The stocking of the smolt has a history that goes back to 1960.
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