WHALE SKULL with BALEEN
Photo credit: Smithsonian Institution Division of Mammals
TOP Dorsal View | MIDDLE Ventral View
Megaptera novaeangliae: Humpback whale
Balaenopteridae : Cetacea : Mammalia : Chordata
Postcranial skeleton and baleen only
Specimen TL 28 ft (840/848 cm) was cast in Provincetown
Reported as stranding.
National Museum of Natural History [Smithsonian] catalog number A16252.
[URL couldn’t be retrieved, but database look up is available.]
skull length was 91” inches, so taller than me… that was fun.
Read about humpback whales …
AKA ram’s horn squid. Probably my favorite cephalopod. A disappointing number of pictures available to reference, considering it has an important evolutionary relic - an internal spiral shell. It also has a yellowish-green photophore at the end of its mantle and a vertical-oriented swimming style. The juveniles are able to withdraw their head and arms entirely into their mantle when startled. The adult is not much bigger than your thumb, and its shell is found on beaches all over the world.
Glaucus atlanticus and Porpita porpita
on your feet
Commission done on Ralph Lauren Polos.
Which of these native Michigan wildflowers and their pollinators-combo would make an interesting illustration?
1.) Sand dune thistle Cirsium pitcher being pollinated by Euxoa aurulenta (nocturnal)
2.) Hawkmoth Eumorpha achemon pollinating orchid Platanthera leucophaea (nocturnal)
3.) Halictid bee Agapostemon virescens pollinating lakeside daisy Hymenoxys herbacea with or without spider Misumena vatia attacking
4.) Other… leave your comments~