Nature on Display
At the Florida Museum of Natural History, the one exhibit that I found particularly appealing was “Florida Fossils”. To start off, the exhibit intrigued me because of the various shark jaws that they had on display at the entrance of the exhibit. I’ve watched plenty of documentaries on sharks (Discovery Channel’s Shark Week), but seeing the size of ancient shark jaws, such as the extinct species known as the megalodon (pictured last), in person was astounding. My overall experience only increased when I actually entered the exhibit and saw the various skeletons of ancient creatures that roamed planet earth thousands of years ago. Seeing these massive skeletons in a book is not even comparable to seeing in them in person, because when you see them in person, you get an idea of how large they would be in today's world. Also, one thing that I learned from this exhibit is how large sloths used to be, as the largest skeleton in the room (pictured middle) belonged to a ground sloth. I believe that I was especially intrigued by this part of this museum because it brought back childhood nostalgia as I used to be obsessed with dinosaurs and ancient animals when I was little.
Nature and Ethics
Leopold believes that conservation efforts are doomed to fail unless we learn to appreciate the land for more than just its economic value, and I certainly believe that the Florida Museum of Natural History provided myself and others with the opportunity to appreciate nature. As I walked throughout the museum, I was surrounded by the sheer wonders of nature, as exhibit allowed taught me something new about our beautiful world. I think that the museum did a fantastic job of making the visitors have an immersive experience with life size figures and architecture that were modeled after the environments, which made the experience feel real. From little kids to the elderly, almost everyone that I encountered was in awe of the exhibits that were on display at museum. In fact, the one exhibit that intrigued everybody and allowed visitors to connect with nature was in the “Butterfly Rainforest”. This exhibit contained various types of beautiful butterflies that flew around visitors, a small pond with several different koi-style fish, and incredible scenery that made you appreciate nature. The pure beauty of the butterfly exhibit made me realize there is nothing that can replace nature, and that it is our ethical responsibility to preserve it rather than destroying it for our own wants.