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    Trip to the L.A. Natural History Museum Fish Lab! (PICS)

    Discussion in 'General Aquaria Discussion' started by L!NUS, Apr 25, 2012.

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      This past Thursday, my Marine Bio Prof. who works in the fish lab brought us on a field trip there. Before we entered he explained that this particular lab is one of the largest in the world and holds over 5 million species. I was very excited! As we entered the lab, he told us that the lab across the lab was the Herp. lab (the rest of the trip I was begging him to take me in there, but we sadly ran out of time). We entered the lab, he showed us around, showed us how they preserve specimens using a 95% Ethyl Alcohol mix. After meeting the lab lead, we went into the fish room! He went through a few aisles to find something good. He pulled out a female Angler fish, which was passed around. She was surprisingly small, about the size of a fist.

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      One of the aisles.

      He then pulled out some giant eel which I don't have a pic of, but it must have been at least 10 Ft. While he was lecturing I looked through an aisle and found a large jar with at least 3 full size Clown knife fish.

      He then went on to explain the fact that many deep sea fish have retractable teeth to hold their prey.

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      He then went to the shark aisle and passed two sets of jaws around. Tiger and great white. The teeth were so sharp!

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      This is the great white.

      He then pulled out a Cookie Cutter shark and passed it around, it was sooo cool.

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      After a few more specimens, we left the lab and went through the museum which I have visited many time before. Saw the Coelocanth and the Mega-mouth as well as the Oarfish they have on display.

      Before we left the lab, someone asked what the giant metal trunk was (about the size of a twin bed). He went over to look. Turned out it was a Kamodo Dragon. The Herp. lab was full! Sadly it was locked. :cry:

      He was also going to show us a Goblin Shark, but the bin was empty, "hopefully on loan" he said.

      I look forward to hopefully getting the chance to one day just explore the lab and collection jar by jar. I only had the chance to look at maybe 4 or 5 jars this time. :(
       

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