Good Life Trip To Natural History Museum Joseph Mathews

For my nature on display exhibit I chose the skeleton exhibits which feature an array of skeletal remains of both existing and extinct animals from Florida. It was eye opening to see the sheer size of many of the animals and as a whole I thought the exhibit was the most interesting. Not only could you see animals that once lived where we now call home, but you could also see the progression of the Earth's geography as the tectonic plates shifted and water receded to form modern day Earth. The medium in which this exhibit was presented offered a convenient way to observe just how massive many of the animals now extinct were. As you can see in the photo below, the giant sloth, which stood almost 18 feet tall, could be seen in it's whole breathtaking size thanks to the massive skeleton on display.

Photo from my phone.

For my nature and ethics exhibit I chose the butterfly enclosure since it offered a unique way to view and interact with butterflies. It helped me appreciate the land that we share with other creatures thanks to the staff on hand to explain the precautions to be taken when viewing the butterflies. The beauty of the exhibit really helps one understand the need to preserve the environment in order to help these animals live on. The other guests at the museum really enjoyed the butterfly rainforest, especially the little kids who were there carefully looking on in wonder as butterflies flew inches from their faces.

Photo from my phone.

Finally, for the nature and human spirit aspect of the museum one exhibit in particular really stood out and showed the "mystery and majesty of the natural world". The display of shark jaws helped me step away from my daily life to look at the big picture, and trust me that is a very big picture. I was amazed to see just the jaws of the Great White which looked like I could easily jump through, or inhaled though, the giant jaws on display. Although gigantic it paled in comparison to the Megalodon jaws just a few feet away. The size of a single mouth was amazing yet terrifying and left me in awe trying to wrap my mind around how there possibly could've been a fish that big and terrifying at one point in history.

Photo from my phone.

Credits:

Created with images by Phil Roeder - "National Museum of Natural History" - and Joey's iPhone

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