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Naturalist Notebook 

December 6, 2011

Spotlight On…

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

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Photo: N. Sincero © California Academy of Sciences.


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

  • This animal migrates over 3,000 miles each year.
  • It’s an excellent swimmer.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, Dec. 11 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 @ 3:14 pm

6 Comments »

  1. Caribou

    Comment by Danielle — December 6, 2011 @ 4:10 pm

  2. Moose?

    Comment by Leah — December 6, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

  3. Oh..yep Danielle is correct I believe.

    Comment by Leah — December 6, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

  4. Come on Danielle, its Christmas time, on Donner, on Blitzen. Reindeer! Not Caribou. :-)

    Comment by RICH — December 6, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

  5. Moose can swim? That just blew my mind!

    Comment by george — December 7, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

  6. As many of you guessed, this week’s specimen came from a caribou (Rangifer tarandus). To learn more about caribou (sometimes also called reindeer), check out the following websites:

    Comment by nature — December 11, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

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