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ANOTHER ANATOMY POST! Only three vertebrate groups have successfully evolved flight: Birds, Bats, and Pterosaurs, which are NOT dinosaurs, and are an extremely diverse group of reptiles! Pterodactyl is not the only one. However, birds ARE dinosaurs. Avian dinosaurs!

Wings are not some extra structure you tack on to a creature and somehow the arms go away— they ARE arms. Think about that when you are designing creatures with wings and also giving them arms. That means your creature has six limbs.

Next anatomy post: The anatomy and evolution of DRAGONS. If you guys have any requests, feel free to send them in!

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is the from the “birds of the outback” exhibit at mystic aquarium?!?!

Yes! I was in Connecticut a few months ago and we spent a day at the aquarium.

I was there just this past weekend and loved every second of it! I also did the “Whales Up Close” encounter and it was truly amazing.

Yeah, it’s a gorgeous aquarium! I could have spent all day with the parakeets, haha. That’s awesome! I actually did the close up Penguin Encounter, which was really cool. I have a ton of pictures in my “mystic aquarium” tag, if you want to see!


is the from the “birds of the outback” exhibit at mystic aquarium?!?!

Yes! I was in Connecticut a few months ago and we spent a day at the aquarium.

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Today I met a famous shark biologist!

Peter Klimley came to Santa Cruz to give a lecture on shark conservation, so of course I had to go! I picked up his book The Secret Life of Sharks at a used bookstore a few years ago, and fell in love with it. He’s done some amazing research on hammerhead and great white shark behavior that nobody had ever even thought about before, and I highly recommend it.

First off, he was absolutely hilarious. He showed up in a shirt with a great white shark snarling on it, then after talking about how the media is so focused on shark “jaws” he ripped off the shirt and threw it into the audience, to reveal yet another great white shark shirt (this time with its mouth closed). The whole lecture he was so animated and enthusiastic, and he was so devoted to sharing his love of sharks with everyone.

I went with another friend who studies shark behavior, and we talked to him for a bit afterwards. He was incredibly friendly and asked a lot of questions, and answered all of ours, and signed my copy of his book. Overall it was absolutely amazing to meet someone that has devoted almost his whole life to studying sharks, even if he inexplicably thinks that it’s the year 2015.

California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus) - Monterey Bay, CA


Could this be the best animal name ever? The “sarcastic fringehead” just loves life in a boot—watch it ambush an afternoon meal in this 12-second video. The fringehead is fiercely territorial, remaining close by its chosen rock crevice, empty shell—or whatever! 

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From the archives: “Visitor viewing ocean sunfish, Hall of Fishes” photographed by Thane L. Bierwert in 1948. 

Find this and more than 7,000 other archival images on our new online database Digital Special Collections.


Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta) - Mystic Aquarium, CT