Titans of the Pacific

The museum grounds display life sized giants of the sea!

Make an impression rub of local sea life - activity for kids at Titans of the Pacific exhibit

The sand area of the Titans exhibit is filled with buried treasure to be discovered!

Children can come and dig to see what is hidden in the sand

Find gemstones and crystals and other polished stones

You might go home with a new found treasure!

Life size marine life in the gardens of the natural history museum santa maria!

Dolphin Sculpture & Bench Donated By The Edwin and Jeanne Woods Family Foundation 2005

Bench with Shell and other imprinted sea life for kids to explore or place a paper down and trace over to see the images magically appear before their eyes

Life size model of a Great White shark

Life size model of a Bottle-Nosed Dolphin

Life size model of a Killer Whale (Orca)

Titans of the Pacific Display Board

Visitors enjoying the life size models of dolphins, Killer Whale, and Great White Shark.

Dolphin Sculpture by John Cody

The exhibit includes many fun activities for children and adults alike.

Killer Whale Facts

The killer whale is a toothed whale. Their only enemy is human beings. They live in small, close-knit, life-long pods and have 1 blowhole. The killer whale belongs to the family of dolphins and is the biggest dolphin. It is sometimes called the "wolf of the sea" because its behavior is similar to that of wolves. Killer Whales grow to be about 27-33 feet (8-10 m) long, weighing more than 8,000-12,000 pounds (3.600-5.400 kg). The male is larger than the female. They are the largest member of the dolphin family.

Killer Whales are efficient hunters that eat a very diverse diet of fish , squid , sharks , marine mammals (including whales and seals), turtles, octopi, and birds (penguins and gulls). They have even been known to attack young blue whales and other large whales. They have large, interlocking conical, enameled teeth distributed in both the upper and lower jaws (for a total of 20 to 26 pairs, so the orca has from 40 to 52 teeth). The teeth curve inwards and backwards - this helps the orca catch its prey. Teeth average about 3 inches long and about 1 inch in diameter, but some are even longer. Members of a pod frequently cooperate in hunts. An average-sized orca will eat 551 pounds of food a day. Killer Whales are very fast swimmers. They can swim up to 30 mph in order to catch prey.

Killer Whales vocalizations include clicks used in echolocation, whistles, and scream-like pulses. The sounds are used to communicate with other orcas, for mating purposes, and for locating prey. Different pods (long-lasting groups of Killer Whales) have distinctive "accents" and can recognize members by this accent.

Click Above to Listen to a Recording of Killer Whales

 

Bottle-Nosed Dolphin Facts

The bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) is a toothed whale (Suborder Odontoceti) It is one of 76 cetacean species, and are marine mammals. The bottlenose dolphin grows to be at most 12 feet long, sometimes weighing more than 1,400 pounds. Dolphins can dive down to more than 1,000 feet (300 m) and can jump up to 20 feet (6 m) out of the water.

Bottlenose dolphins are hunters that fish mostly at the surface of the water, eating mostly fish and squid . They have many pairs of sharp, pointed teeth distributed in both the upper and lower jaws.Bottlenose Dolphins have stream-lined bodies and a rounded head with a distinctive beak. They have a tall, falcate (sickle-shaped) dorsal fin and broad, slightly pointed flippers.

Dolphins breathe air at the surface of the water through a single blowhole located near the top of the head. They need to breathe about every 2 minutes, but can hold their breath for several minutes. Their blow is a single, explosive cloud.

 

Pacific White-Sided Dolphin

The Pacific white-sided dolphin has a short, rounded, thick beak containing 23 to 32 small, rounded slightly curved teeth in each side of the upper and lower jaws. This dolphin is energetic and quite active and is frequently seen leaping, belly flopping, and somersaulting. It is a strong, fast swimmer (25 Miles Per Hour) and enthusiastic bow rider, often staying with moving vessels (boats) for extended periods. Pacific white-sided dolphins are often found in large herds of 90 to 100. They eat squid and small schooling fish such as anchovies, herring, and sardines. They grow to a length of 7 to 8 feet and weigh 300 pounds.

The Pacific white-sided dolphin is colored with a black back and its sides are light gray with thin, white stripes that extend from above the eye along the sides, widening towards the tail; its belly is white. It has a black beak and lips and a black ring around each eye. Its dorsal fin is tall and sharply hooked, and is located at the center of the back. The leading edge is black and the rear portion is light gray. Its flippers are small and curved and rounded at the tips. Its flukes are notched in the center.

 

The Great White Shark

The great white shark is a streamlined swimmer and a ferocious predator with 3,000 teeth at any one time. This much-feared fish has a torpedo-shaped body, a pointed snout, a crescent-shaped tail, 5 gill slits, no fin spines, an anal fin, and 3 main fins: the dorsal fin (on its back) and 2 pectoral fins (on its sides). When the shark is near the surface, the dorsal fin and part of the tail are visible above the water. Great whites average 12-16 feet long long. The biggest great white shark on record was 23 feet long, weighing about 7,000 pounds. Females are larger than males, as with most sharks. Shark pups can be over 5 feet long at birth.

Young great white sharks eat fish, rays, and other sharks. Adults eat larger prey, including pinnipeds (sea lions and seals), small toothed whales (like belugas), otters, and sea turtles. They also eat carrion (dead animals that they have found floating dead in the water). Great whites do not chew their food. Their teeth rip prey into mouth-sized pieces which are swallowed whole. A big meal can satisfy a great white for up to 2 months.

 

Some More Photos from The Grand Opening of the Titans Exhibit

 

The grand unveiling of the dolphin sculpture by Artist, John Cody

 


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