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Naturalist Notebook 

November 9, 2011

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!
(Pictured below, really close up!)

11-8-11Photo: N. Sincero © California Academy of Sciences

Can you guess what it is? Here are some hints:

  • This animal can grow up to 7 ft (2.1 m) long.
  • It is ovoviviparous.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, Nov. 13th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this animal. Science Story Adventures is our program for children ages 4 – 8 and their caregivers. In the program, we explore the natural world through stories, specimens, games and crafts.


Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 8:00 am

15 Comments »

  1. Looks like some sort of Eel!

    Comment by Katie — November 9, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

  2. leopard shark?

    Comment by Amy — November 9, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

  3. it is either a tiger shark or a leopard shark.

    Comment by Cristina — November 9, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

  4. Spotted dogfish?

    Comment by Erin T — November 9, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

  5. Mackerel Shark

    Comment by Lee — November 9, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

  6. Looks like a Sand Shark (family Odontaspididae)to me! AKA Sand Tiger Shark…..

    Comment by Jorge Lehr — November 9, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

  7. sand tiger shark.

    Comment by sara m — November 9, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

  8. leopard shark

    Comment by Laura J — November 9, 2011 @ 6:29 pm

  9. Leopard shark!

    Comment by Jo — November 9, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

  10. Leopard shark

    Comment by Jo — November 9, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

  11. Leopard shark!

    Comment by Marsha Kobrin — November 9, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

  12. Leopard shark?

    Comment by Nancy Silverrod — November 9, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

  13. Sand Tiger Shark!

    Comment by A — November 9, 2011 @ 11:41 pm

  14. Leopard Shark (def not sand tiger shark)

    Comment by John Ly — November 10, 2011 @ 12:37 am

  15. Thanks for all of your excellent guesses! Our specimen this week was a leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata). To learn more about leopard sharks and see photos and videos of them, check out the following websites:

    We’ll have another “Spotlight On…” challenge soon, but in the meantime, see if you can tell us who pooped?

    Comment by nature — November 13, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

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