Good Life Nature Activity at the FLMNH Andreina Hampton

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Hemipristis serra (Snaggletoothed Shark) L. Miocene; St. Johns River

Nature on Display: I found this exhibit of shark teeth particularly interesting. All of the models in the exhibit are from extinct shark species , except the Great White. Sharks have always been one of my favorite animals (technically referred to as fish). They are known for their solitary behavior which I can personally relate to. I found the shark teeth appealing because it makes their size more realistic. I would not be able to get this close to an actual shark, making this experience particularly intriguing.

Calusa Fisher folk

Nature and Ethics: This clearly demonstrates our role in the biotic community. This exhibit shows our effect on the marine ecosystem. Although I understand that this was one of their only sources of food, I was a little sensitive to the sight. I do not support the killing of animals, especially ones that are now endangered or extinct. I am a proponent of environmental preservation and conservation.

Coral reef

This underwater ecosystem is representative of the mystery and majesty of nature. This ecosystem is one of several in which we cannot experience firsthand as underwater creatures, which is where the mystery lies. Although technology has allowed us to explore the depths of the ocean, we do not live there and do not experience daily life underwater. The ocean and the many living organisms that inhabit it contribute to its majesty.

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