Author Archives: Cynthia Iburg

It all must glow…even the food!

Find out what makes certain foods and drinks glow under UV light. Continue reading

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Another specimen – lobster

Homarus americanus American lobster This specimen is impressive, but it’s certainly not the biggest in a Canadian museum. The Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrews, New Brunswick may hold the contender for that award! A lobster’s big claws are … Continue reading

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Bathing Whales

A big part of the Water Project is the new permanent gallery to be housed in Ottawa, and a big part of that gallery is a real, full-sized blue whale skeleton. This skeleton will be close to 20m (65 ft)! … Continue reading

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From our collections

Every now and then I take a trip down to the collections pods to see what neat specimens are being prepared for the gallery. Here’s my latest discovery. Judith Price, Assistant Collections Manager for the invertebrate collection gave me some … Continue reading

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Freeze-dried pickles?

Producing a traveling exhibit has its own set of challenges, the biggest being that it travels! Set-up and tear down have to be easy, the components have to be crated and shipped, and the specimens have to be hardy. This … Continue reading

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Rebuilding a whale

The big centerpiece of the new permanent water gallery will be a fully articulated blue whale skeleton. However, exhibiting a specimen like this has many challenges, beside the obvious one presented by its enormous size. The specimen being prepared is … Continue reading

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Meet the Hagfish

For the opening of the permanent gallery in Ottawa the education staff is planning to have a live animal demonstration. These are always popular and are a great way to make lasting connections for our visitors. One possibility for this … Continue reading

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Planning!

I took a walk down to the collections pod today to see what specimens where being worked on for the gallery. When I entered the pod I got an extra special treat. Judith Price, the Assistant Collections Manager for the … Continue reading

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Whale barnacle

  Coronula diadema Whale barnacle CMNPA 1999-0022 These egg to fist sized crustaceans are found on humpback whales (and reported from fin, blue, and sperm whales) especially on the lips, the long grooves of the throat and the genital region. … Continue reading

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Last supper scallop and modern collection drawer

Museums have their roots in the human desire to collect and study objects from the world around them. The early “Cabinets of Curiosity” used to hold the beautiful, the weird and costliest items their owner could afford, but today’s museums’ … Continue reading

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