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.
How do animals and plants get their scientific names? Find out as Academy scientists add 221 new species to the tree of life.
Spooky darkness, bright colors, and big eyes! Discover what scientists are finding in the ocean depths known as the Twilight Zone.
Academy researchers are among the first to study tiny, fascinating pygmy seahorses that live exclusively on coral in the Philippines.
A peek behind-the-scenes at the Academy's new Skulls exhibit.