Paper to Predator: Making your own shark with sandpaper!

Have you ever touched a living shark? Sounds like a scary proposition, but you can do so safely at Shark! The Touch Tank Experience. 

A view of a shark’s skin through a microscope.

Before you reach into that tank observe shark’s skin (above). How might it feel to the touch? A shark’s skin is actually very comparable to… sandpaper! That’s right folks, the tiny dermal denticles that cover a shark actually have a texture very similar to sandpaper.

Want to learn more about the texture of shark skin? Watch this video from Myth Busters:

 

Now here’s your chance to make your very own “shark skin” in the craft below! And don’t forget to come to Shark! The Touch Tank Experience so you can compare your shark to the real thing!

How To Make Your Own Sandpaper Shark!

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Supplies: 

Fine grain sandpaper
Pencil
Glue
Scissors
White paper
Crayons

Draw a shark on the back of a piece of sandpaper and cut it out with scissors. Next, color the top portion of the shark grey and the bottom white using crayons. Use a black crayon to add gills, eyes, and other details. This kind of coloration, called countershading, is a form of camouflage that allows fish to blend with the environment; it is typically seen on fish living in the open ocean. The dark top blends well with the ocean depths when viewed from above, while the white belly blends with the sky when viewed from below. 

Now, use crayons to create an environment for the sandpaper shark. When finished, glue the shark onto the paper. When the glue has dried, run a finger over the shark.

Ed How To - Shark 2How does it feel? It feels rough, of course. If a shark is rubbed from tail to head, it would feel a lot like sandpaper due to special scales called dermal denticles. Derma means skin and denticles means teeth; skin teeth, yikes! Under a microscope each scale looks like a tiny tooth.

 

 

Einstein Scavenger Hunt: Guess That Hall!

Editor’s note: This post was created by HMNS Concierge and Discovery Guide Corey Green.

Einstein at HMNS

 

Our good friend Einstein came to visit the museum and went through many of our exhibit halls. Can you name the halls he’s pictured in? (Click the pictures for answers!)

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 Want to go on a scavenger hunt with your very own Einstein? Good news! You can get him at the Museum Store!

 

 

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening this week (12/15-12/21) at HMNS

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!

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D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 Screening ends December 18
Don’t miss your chance to see the award winning film D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944. Screening ends Thursday, December 18. Free ticket to Active Military/Veterans through December 18 courtesy of Gallery Furniture. Click here to purchase tickets. 

Holiday Trunk Show – Glam Rock
Saturday, December 20
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
We’re closing out the shopping season and getting ready for the New Year’s with all the glitz and glam! Whether it’s crystal encrusted or in-your-face gemstones, we’re featuring rock star worthy statement pieces from MAWI London, Assad Mounser, and more.

F-stops and Fabergé: Getting snap happy at HMNS

After-hours at the Museum on November 2, we had another one of our exclusive Pixel Parties — where we open select exhibits just for photographers (both amateur and professional). This time around, we gave our photographers access to our newly re-opened Fabergé: From a Snowflake to an Iceberg exhibit.

And here’s a sampling of what they gave us in return:

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Photo by Kirsten Tucker.

 

Faberge-2

Photo by Eddie Abbott Imagery

 

 

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Photo by Dwayne Fortier

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Photo by James Woody

 

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Photo by Allison Buchtien

 

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Photo by Reed’s Photography

 

 

To see more photos from around the museum, please visit our HNNS Flickr Group page.

 

And stay tuned! We’ll be announcing our next Pixel Party date just after the new year.