What on Earth? March 2017

What on Earth is in this photo?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANSWER: Baleen

Did you guess that this is Baleen from a whale’s mouth? Baleen is a filter-feeder system located inside a whale’s mouth. A whale sucks in water and uses Baleen to catch krill as it pushes the rest of the water back out. Although located around the mouth of the whale like teeth, Baleen is more similar to hair than teeth. Baleen is made of keratin, the same protein material that composes fingernails and hair. Baleen is so important to the life and diet of certain whales that they have been classified as Baleen whales. This group includes massive specimen such as Humpback and Blue Whales.

By studying teeth, one can discover the diet and lifestyle of a particular animal. We offer programs that guide students through identifying different types of teeth and what kind of animal the teeth belong to, whether they are carnivores, omnivores, or herbivores. This is also a great introduction to predator-prey relationship study, leading students to a better understanding of the food chain. Below are programs directly related to tooth identification, animal adaptations and feeding, find details here.

Pre-K and Kindergarten

Tale of the Tooth

1st and 2nd Grade

To Tell the Tooth

3rd - 5th Grade

Tooth and Eye "Dentification"

Amazing Animal Adaptations

6th - 8th Grade
Keys to Identification