This is the last of the posts on our recent family outing at the Silliman University Marine Laboratory. For awhile I hesitated on sharing this post as you may already have gotten tired of this series, as I have slightly been. But then I remembered that this last batch of pictures has some world record-breaking whale bones and so I decided to push through with this last series.
This aquarium is wall-mounted at the lobby of the College of Marine Sciences. This is a charming sea anemone here. I got a feeling of déjà vu and nostalgia just looking around here. I feel like I am transported to my college. I am a graduate of Zoology and I used to memorize names of creatures great and small.
Another sea anemone beside a coral.
A coral. Back in college, we used to memorize shelves and endless shelves of dead corals. I detested it. Tough job. Corals are actually our friends. They serve as breeding places for fish and birthing places for fish eggs.
This is getting interesting.
A fierce smile if you ask me.
The crocs were housed individually in secure-looking cells as you can see here. Safe animal exposure for my kids.
Here’s the fattest crocodile. He or she also happens to look the meanest of them all.
This here is the Whale Bone Museum which houses the remains of whales and dolphins. Mind you, this is the 2nd biggest collection of Bryde’s whale bones in the world. The museum has skeletons, bones and other parts of 15 species of whales and dolphins.
The above picture may not seem astounding but if you put the bones in the context of the size of my 12 year-old daughter, you would understand how massive these bones are.
I love bone broth, especially one made of vertebral ox bones simmered long and slow. But a single vertebra of this whale would fill a pot!
Sorry for the blurry pic but I just want to show you shelves full of gigantic bones.
The sheer hugeness of these ribs baffled us all.
My kids came out of the experience positively amazed. Such wonders of God’s creation. I couldn’t, for the life of me, understand why some people would think of these as mere products of chance. These are a few of God’s stamps of His omniscience.