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Naturalist Notebook 

March 6, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)
Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • This animal lives in large groups.
  • This animal can dive up to 650 ft (200m) in search of its prey.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, March 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 @ 2:03 pm


  1. My guess is a dolphin! And by the coloration of the specimen in the photo, I’d say it were a Common Dolphin of genus Delphinus. I’m not sure about species though. :/

    Comment by Daniel — March 6, 2012 @ 11:38 pm

  2. Is it a porpoise? Tough to tell from the picture, but I guess that’s the point.

    Comment by Be Green — March 7, 2012 @ 9:29 am

  3. Thanks for the great guesses! This week’s specimen is a short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis). We had lots of fun today learning about dolphin communication in Science Story Adventures. To learn more about short-beaked common dolphins, check out the following websites:

    Comment by nature — March 11, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

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