Orca Articulation Time-Lapse Video
Watch this time-lapse video of a killer whale skeleton being assembled right on our exhibit floor-- 286 pieces of an 18-foot-long orca whale assembled by 37 volunteers and 5 staff over 5 weeks.
Follow “bone-building expert” Lee Post, Academy staff, and volunteers as they articulate the bones of a 286 piece orca skeleton. Read about the entire process in this blog.
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Steinhart Aquarium biologists are shown collecting small cuttings of coral fragments on the California Academy of Sciences 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition. These fragments were legally exported from the Philippines and brought into cultivation as part of the Academy's efforts at sustainable collection-building.
These small cuttings will be grown into larger colonies, which can then be fragmented to produce corals for display, in-house research projects and exchange with other zoos and aquaria. Exchanging captive-propagated corals is one way that we are able to reduce collection pressures on wild reefs.
Learn about local fall migrations and how you can help track the migrating animals.
Discover how Orca O319 came to the Academy. The skeleton was articulated during the Academy's Built for Speed exhibition. It is currently on display above the Tyrannosaurus rex near the front entrance to the California Academy of Sciences. The full story of Orca 0319, from beach stranding to display at the Academy can be found here http://video.calacademy.org/details/588
We follow specimens from the Academy's tissue collection from sampling in the field to sequenced DNA.
As we celebrate its 90th anniversary, we look back on the history of the Academy's Steinhart Aquarium.