By Jenna Schnuer
NO, STICKS HAVEN’T started sprouting fangs. The creature in the photo is a sea lamprey. Through September 5, a tank full of these fiercelooking fish will be on display at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum (www.rom.on.ca) for “Water: The Exhibition.” One of the exhibition sections focuses on the ways “humans manipulate our water resources.” As it makes clear, some ways are better than others. The invasive sea lampreys, for example, traveled to the Great Lakes through manmade canals—much to the chagrin (and reduction in the population) of native lake trout.
Other sections of the exhibition include an explanation of the worldwide daily flow of water; a reconstruction of a slot canyon that showcases the way water does some design-building of its own; and, along with the sea lampreys, 11 other displays of live critters. The exhibition, on a North American tour organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, features exhibits that should get both long-time design-build experts and the next generation talking about water and the ways it flows.
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Photo courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum
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