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  1. Sea Life

    The objects in this box are wonderful for exploring sea animals' adaptations for living underwater. Use these objects to teach the concept that an animal's body form connects with several specific and necessary functions for its survival. Examine specimens of sea stars, sponges, shells, mussels, and crabs. Learn More
  2. Large-mouthed Black Bass

    As you observe this bottom-dweller, you will see where the Black Bass gets its name, from its large mouth and dark color. Weighing about six pounds, this freshwater sunfish makes a good game fish. Learn More
  3. Shark

    Take a dip in the cool waters off southern California and you might come across one of these sharks. The Hammerhead is just one member of the group Chondrichthyes, all of whom have jaws, paired fins, paired nostrils and a skeleton made of cartilage in common. Learn More
  4. Eel

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    Investigate the curious history and mysterious migratory habits of the Eel. Scientists have long wondered about this fish, whose long, snake-like form is shown here. Learn More
  5. Northwest Coast Peoples

    The lush environment of the Pacific Northwest Coast shapes the art and lives of its residents. Discuss the basic needs of Northwest Coast Peoples 2,000 years ago. Examine a halibut hook, cedar specimen, and other objects to infer how innovative peoples have harvested the rich resources of the Northwest Coast to meet their everyday needs. Explore how symbolism carries meaning in totem poles. Learn More
  6. Antarctic Wildlife

    Antarctica is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent on earth. Only cold-adapted organisms survive there, and different species depend on each other for survival. Examine a king penguin skull, egg, and down feathers; an orca tooth; squid; and krill to see some of these incredible adaptations up close. Test out the power of fat insulation for keeping critters warm, and create a food web to show how Antarctic organisms provide one another with energy! Learn More
  7. Mackerel

    Try and keep pace with this fish designed for speed. In order to outrun natural enemies like sharks, tuna, and swordfish, the Mackerel's streamlined anatomy is its only line of defense. Learn More
  8. Wall-eyed Pike (2)

    You will find this fish only in the deep lakes of the Midwest. The Wall-eyed Pike is only a close relative of the Pike family. It is an important food for humans. Learn More
  9. Yellow Bass

    Catch a glimpse of this quickly disappearing resident of the lakes of the Mississippi River valley. Today the Yellow Bass, like other common food fish, is a rare sight. Learn More
  10. Fishing in the Americas

    Over generations, various peoples of the Americas lived alongside seas, lakes and rivers. As a result, they developed a deep relationship with and understanding of native fishes and their ecosystems. Learn about how fishing technologies were both similar and different depending on the environment in which they were developed by exploring models and artifacts used for fishing in the Americas. Learn More

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