The much anticipated “Part 2” of what can only be described as the “Nerdiest Blog Entries” since this one. With the fishing tournament just ahead (and believing victory already well in hand), Ron of Hyrule heads to the museum.
Museum Tour: Fossils and Fish
The museum is home to a number of impressive collections and exhibits, from fine art and astronomy to Dinosaur fossils, and a collection of local fish and bugs. Today, we’ll be looking at the current state of the Fossil collection, and a quick run through the aquarium section. Both sections as still incomplete, but have a number of nice displays worth checking out.
On the walk to the museum I pass by the town gate, with the town flag. Pretty snazzy. Next I pass by the last cherry tree remaining in the town. The entire town used to be filled with cherry trees, but with the city getting larger, more and more trees were being cut down. When more profitable fruit trees arrived, like peaches, oranges, apples, and pears, the cherry trees were almost completely eliminated to grow these other fruits. This final cherry tree was protected, and is not to be cut down ever, serving as a reminder of our town’s cherry-rich heritage. I guess it could seem kinda sad… but those new fruit trees have paid for 3 additions to my house already. You can’t argue with results.
This is the museum. It’s very close to my house.. within walking distance, actually.
We’re starting in the Dinosaur Fossil wing, and we start off with a bang. We have a completed Tyrannosaurus Rex (“Tyrant-Lizard King“) skeleton and a Triceratops (“Three-horned Face“). The skull of this Triceratops was found in “Downtown“, and I made a trip out there to collect it. These two guys are awesome.
Next we have the Stegosaurus (“Covered Lizard“) and the Parasaurolophus (“Like/Parallel Crested Lizard“). The Stego currently lacks a tail. The Parasaurolophus is noted for the large bone crest that rises above his head. This crest contained an open chamber thought to be used in vocalization, much like a trumpet or a trombone.
He we have two shots of the Iguanadon (“Iguana Tooth“). Iguanadon was one of the first dinosaurs ever discovered. My town appears to have been an Iguanadon breeding ground, as partial Iguanadon fossils are found at least 2 or 3 times a week.
Now we’ve come to the Pterasaur (“Winged Lizard“) and the Ankylosaurus (“Fused-Lizard“). The Pterasaur’s wingspan was immense, likely using air currents to glide the majority of the time, like the albatross of modern day. The Ankylosaur’s back was covered by thick oval plates, and his tail was armed with a large club.
We’ve reached the end of the dinosaur tour. We skipped over a few, like the Pachycephalosaurus (“Thick-Headed Lizard“), the Apatosaur (“Deceptive Lizard“), and the Dimetrodon (“Two Sharp Teeth“), though you may have seen them in some of the other pictures. Here we have the Mammoth, which isn’t a dinosaur at all, but it is extinct, so that’s something, I guess. But next to that we have the colossal Seismosaur (“Earth-Shaking Lizard“). This huge beast was once thought to be even larger, but even now remains one of the largest beasts to ever live.
Time is running short, so I’ll quick run through the Aquarium.
First up is the large and rare river fish: Stringfish. You’ll recall I’ve got one of these babies sitting home at my house, all set to win the Fishing tournament. They’re also tied for the most expensive fish here in town. Who are they tied with? Good question. It’s none other than the very next picture: Here we have the Coelacanth, the “fossil-fish” thought to be long extinct until someone spotted one being sold for food. These ancient fish use little feet to “walk” along the bottom of the water.
Our final two entries are the Red Snapper and the Tuna. The Red Snapper is “very tasty”. If given a choice between this, and what is in the box, choose this. And finally we have the very large Tuna, speeding along above the Coelacanth, which seems to show up very, very rarely in our ocean.
Tour over. Next time: The Fishing Tournament Shenanigans