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Naturalist Notebook 

September 19, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)
Photo: Lovell and Libby Langstroth © California Academy of Sciences

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • This animal is fairly sedentary.
  • This animal can help scientists determine if water is polluted based on its behavior.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, September 23rd 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 @ 10:22 am

1 Comment »

  1. This week’s specimen is a purple sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus). Purple sea urchins are one of the favorite foods of sea otters, and all this week we are celebrating Sea Otter Awareness Week at the Academy. Check out this blog post for information about our otter activities.

    For more information about purple sea urchins, check out these websites:

    Comment by nature — September 23, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

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