A young visitor approaches a display of Bryde's whale baleen. In contrast to toothed marine mammals such as dolphins and killer whales, baleen whales have ?nely-fringed plates along their jaws that they use as sieves to trap prey.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute opens its doors to the public Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for MarineQuest 2012.
Visitors can explore the world of science at FWRI headquarters, 100 8th Ave. S.E., in downtown St. Petersburg.
Held in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Science Festival, the 18th annual MarineQuest is a free event that allows visitors of all ages to experience science firsthand with more than 50 exhibits.
People can check out live animals in touch tanks, interact with some of Florida’s top scientists and learn about current fish and wildlife research in Florida. Special activities for children include wildlife origami, face painting and the Japanese art of “gyotaku” – fish printing.
FWRI is the research division of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. FWRI’s work is used by all levels of government, universities, private organizations and the public.
For additional information on MarineQuest 2012, including photographs and video from previous years, visit MyFWC.com/Research.