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There was some lovely public art in San Diego, kinetic and colorful and interesting, but only this cheeseball piece had discernible mollusk content.
My mollusk exposure in San Diego was limited to the limpets at La Jolla Cove, as mentioned in my previous post. Next time I’m there, I might be more willing to plunk down the $70 to see what Sea World has to offer me. I did, however, get a chance to spend a full day at the San Diego Zoo. The only invertebrates I saw there were arthropods, including these utterly delightful dung beetles doing their dung beetle thing. I’m sorry to be clogging up my mollusk blog with so many vertebrates as of late, but the San Diego Zoo is a truly exceptional place and I do love all kinds of lifeforms, after all. I especially loved the new elephant exhibit, whose focus was on the extinction of North American megafauna about 10,000 years ago and what extant species are related to those extinct ones. A very cool idea I’ve never seen before in zoos, which usually seem to organize by geographic area, cladistics, or by climate, e.g. the Rainforest house.
I do love seeing animals from far flung branches on the tree of life– I was very fortunate to see tuatara “in the wild” in New Zealand (the wild was an urban wildlife preserve; that kind of counts, right?) At the San Diego Zoo, I met my first monotreme friend, this here echidna.
I made some other friends, too.