It looks like a cross between a shark and a stingray with a huge chainsaw for a snout, and Myrtle Beach locals will get a close-up view of the creatures next week.
These sawfish won’t be swimming in the ocean along the Grand Strand -- the animals are an endangered species -- but within the safe confines of Ripley’s Aquarium as they celebrate International sawfish Day on Oct. 17.
Aquariums across the globe will be celebrating the rare sawfish with exhibitions and lectures about the mysterious and unique creature.
“If we don’t educate ourselves and the public on ways we can help these amazing creatures, we will not have them in the future,” said Stacia White, an assistant curator at Ripley’s Aquarium.
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Special events that day include an appearance and lecture by George H. Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File and author of numerous books on sharks and other aquatic animals.
Want to know what to do if you encounter a sawfish in the ocean? Lindsay French will also be there to answer questions. French is an assistant for the International Shark Attack File and a graduate student in the Florida program for Shark Research sawfish Encounter Database.
Aquarium entrance fees will be half price, and activities are planned from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. including divers who will swim the sawfish and sharks.
For ticket information, call the aquarium at 800-734-8888.