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Naturalist Notebook 

August 9, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)
8-9-12
Photo: N. Sincero © California Academy of Sciences

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • This animal has acute senses of smell and hearing, which helps it hunt its prey.
  • It has powerful jaws, which are four times stronger than human jaws.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, August 12th 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 @ 2:50 pm

20 Comments »

  1. Polar Bear?

    Comment by Sheila — August 11, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

  2. Wolf!

    Comment by Jennifer — August 11, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  3. Coyote?

    Comment by Judith — August 11, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

  4. wolf

    Comment by Isis — August 11, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

  5. Lion?

    Comment by Viki — August 11, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

  6. Is it a wolf?

    Comment by Dani P. — August 11, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

  7. Opossum

    Comment by Laurie tenaza — August 11, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

  8. A wolf

    Comment by Terra — August 11, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

  9. Please dont tell me its a wolf?! i love wolves!!!!!

    Comment by Rebecca Gonzalez — August 11, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

  10. Lion?

    Comment by Vijaykumar Balasubra — August 11, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

  11. Looks like a wolf

    Comment by Monica Salazar — August 11, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

  12. A Wolf

    Comment by Sharon — August 11, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

  13. Looks like a wolf

    Comment by Stacia — August 11, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

  14. is it a wolf

    Comment by amanda — August 11, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

  15. of course it’s WOLF!

    Comment by Nur — August 11, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

  16. Wish could be more specific.

    Comment by Canidae — August 12, 2012 @ 6:48 am

  17. Canidae… I wish I could be more specific.

    Comment by Edward — August 12, 2012 @ 6:50 am

  18. Thanks for all of your great guesses! Many of you figured out what our specimen was–a gray wolf (Canis lupus). To learn more about gray wolves and see videos and pictures of them, check out these websites:

    Comment by nature — August 12, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

  19. could be a lion

    Comment by yb — August 13, 2012 @ 7:10 am

  20. Wolf

    Comment by setareh — August 13, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

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