This kitten has an interesting story with it. Apparently, the previous tenant of our friend Julia Reodica’s former residence was a teacher of the year, who became a drug addict, and then a crazy cat lady. She was institutionalized and the building was cleaned and then Julia and her partner Noah moved in. As Julia was cleaning out her new home, she looked under a drawer and saw this face peaking out at her. She managed to get it out and stored it away. What an awesome specimen to have! And thank you Julia for having the common sense to keep this treasure and for sharing it with us.
I know this is not a great photograph, but I had to include it because it is a great subject. Shrinking heads was common in the Andean region in pre-Columbian times. One of the reasons for doing this was to trap the spirit of the enemy so that it could not escape and seek revenge. Check out this website by Golden Chariot Productions for more information on the hows and whys of head shrinking. This site is specifically about the Shuar and is really fascinating.
This blue whale is an 87-foot female that was found washed ashore. Blue whales are the largest animals that have ever lived, as far as we know. I will definitely be having a post just on blue whales in the future. Here’s another cool shot of just its skull.
This snake lived at the Academy for over 22 years. It was definitely a school time favorite. Now its skeleton is on display in the “staff picks” section.
Last but not least, I thought I’d put in this stained fish specimen. It is not uncommon in science to stain skeletons to allow for better visualization of each and every bone. This one in front of a light is a pretty cool one to see.