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Naturalist Notebook 

February 21, 2012

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’s teeth can be up to 4 inches (10 cm) long.
  • This animal has a very good sense of hearing.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, February 26th 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 @ 4:57 pm

9 Comments »

  1. I’m gonna say a crocodile, or maybe an alligator….

    Comment by Jorge Lehr — February 23, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

  2. Is it a horse?

    Comment by Sandy Nevels — February 23, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

  3. A wild boar!
    Please post another picture!!!

    Comment by Natalia — February 23, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

  4. Im going to go out on a limb and say some species of toothed whale. Possibly a Killer whale or Orca (Orcinus orca)?

    Comment by Adam Ehrenfeuchter — February 23, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

  5. Sabertooth Tiger

    Comment by Chester Clewley — February 23, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

  6. Elephant Seal

    Comment by Katrina — February 23, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

  7. it’s definitely the skull of an orca.

    Comment by David — February 23, 2012 @ 11:39 pm

  8. maybe a african wild dog

    Comment by AIDAN — February 25, 2012 @ 7:46 am

  9. Thanks to everyone for their well-thought-out guesses! Two of you were right on the mark. This week’s specimen was an orca (Orcinus orca) skull. To learn more about orcas, check out these websites:

    Comment by nature — February 26, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

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