Taylor Merritt, a senior at Penta Career Center and Swanton High School has been seen on television for a Penta commercial. She was also seen on a segment of Channel 13 news for the work she doing with the hellbenders at Penta.
They are raising hellbenders to be release in an Ohio river. Hellbenders are a species of aquatic giant salamander. The eastern hellbender is the largest salamander in Ohio and one of the largest living amphibians in the world. A large adult can exceed 2 feet and weigh more than 2 pounds.
In Ohio, surveys of hellbender populations have found an 82 percent decline in relative abundance compared to previous surveys conducted in the mid-1980s.