WKU Professors Featured in Program on Sharks

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- A public television program premiering next month will feature video shot last year at Western Kentucky University, where a couple of faculty members have been testing the bite force of shark teeth.

A production crew working on an episode of NOVA titled "Why Sharks Attack" visited the labs of biology faculty member Steve Huskey and engineering faculty member Chris Byrne last July. Huskey says the tests included great white, bull and tiger shark teeth and used Byrne's materials testing equipment for pushing the teeth into meat, bones and surfboards.

Byrne says among the most surprising findings was how easily a shark tooth can go through a material.

The program also filmed during stops in Australia and Cape Cod. It premieres May 7 on KET and June 10 on WKU PBS.

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