The Rise of the Dunkleosteus

May 24, 2013 Comments Off on The Rise of the Dunkleosteus
I’m guessing most people wouldn’t relish a face-to-face encounter with a massive predator fish.  But, the staff at Great Lakes Aquarium couldn’t wait.
Today was the big day of the Dunkleosteus.
Our fossil skull cast arrived this morning on a semi-trailer in this 7 foot tall box.
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Getting a box this size is a bit of a logistical puzzle. But we did it.
And Jay, our operations manager, got to work prying it open.

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The Dunkleosteus skull will serve as the centerpiece of our new Fire, Ice and the Rise of Life exhibit.  They grew to a size of 30 to 50 feet long.

To put that into perspective, imagine a fish the size of a school bus…with this face.

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The prehistoric predator roamed the waters that are now the Great Lakes around 350 million years ago.  He’ll be ready for his first visitors tomorrow.
I put together a short video of our big fella’s journey to get to his space in the Origins gallery.  It was a team effort.