Florida Museum of Natural History Halie Adrid

Nature on display

Giant fish

One exhibit that was particularly interesting to me as the Waterways and Wildlife exhibit. I generally do not enjoy nature that much, but I like water. The entire exhibit was dark, and there were blue lights that went all around the rooms. They had large representations of fish and jellyfish that I found really cool.

I learned that there are SO MANY endangered species. I would not have learned this through another medium because I usually don't care to read stuff like that. The statues and lighting made the exhibit interesting, so I decided to read the content. I like the decorations of the exhibit. They were very large, and covered the ceiling and everything.

Nature in Florida

The Butterfly Garden is actually the most relevant display to me, as a Floridian. It epitomized Florida; it was hot, humid, and full of insects. But, what it taught me was that it isn't always miserable to be outside. I naturally hate bugs, and being in the butterfly garden allowed me to appreciate them a bit more. Something I learned is that butterflies have taste receptors on their feet. How strange. What I also learned about Florida's natural history was that there has been extensive, extensive research on insects, a lot done here at UF, hence the displays around the butterfly garden.

Nature and Culture

An example of how humans interact with others was the Great White Shark jaws on display. I had a photo of the jaws, but my lack of knowledge of Adobe Spark caused me to lose the photo. Sharks (not just the megalodons shown in the museum) are often hunted by people for numerous reasons, but especially for their fins. Shark fins have high cultural value in some cultures, thus a high monetary value, which is why people poach sharks.

Nature and Ethics

The butterfly garden

Though the museum provided the opportunity to experience nature the way he intends, I wholly disagree with his entire position, and, in consequence, could not experience the museum in this way. I absolutely despise bugs, and the butterfly garden was actually the worst. I felt very uncomfortable, and went in and out of the garden as fast as I could.

Me in the butterfly garden (I don't really like bugs)

I did not go with anyone else, so I don't know how other people reacted to the exhibits. The museum allowed visitors to connect with nature because the exhibits were very well done, and they engulfed you in them as you walked through them. The museum did not instill an ethical responsibility to nature because I fundamentally disagree with loving and befriending nature.

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