In 2021, the National Museum of Nature and Science (Director: Kenichi Shinoda) published an original large-format poster "Japanese pinnipeds" that summarizes illustrations of pinnipeds such as sea lions, otters, and seals that inhabit Japan. It will be on sale from Monday, August 30th at the National Museum of Nature and Science Museum Shop and the National Museum of Nature and Science Online Museum Shop.
[Online Museum Shop URL: https://www.infoparks.jp/kahaku/ ]
For the original poster of the National Museum of Nature and Science, "Japanese Pinnipeds," we designed illustrations of Steller sea lions and fur seals that inhabit Japan, and five species of seals.
The realistic illustrations are by Toyomi Tanaka, a leading figure in animal ecology. The poster is an original product of the National Museum of Nature and Science, which was supervised and edited by Toyomi Tanaka, a researcher at the museum who specializes in marine mammals (Research Chief, Vertebrate Research Group, Animal Research Department). And I wrote a scale bar on the poster. You can see the size of the creatures and compare the size of each creature.
Creatures (7 species) depicted in the poster "Japanese pinnipeds"
・ Steller sea lion (Sea lion family Steller sea lion)
・ Fur seal (sea lion family, fur seal genus)
・ Ringed seal (Phaoca genus, Seal family)
・ Ribbon seal (Seal family Phoca genus)
・ Bearded seal (Seal family, Bearded seal genus)
・ Spotted seal (Pocaceae, genus Phoca)
・ Harbor seal (Phaoca genus, Seal family)
Although they belong to the same group of pinnipeds, if you look closely, you can see that their bodies have differences and their characteristics. For example, Steller sea lions and fur seals have ears (auricles), but seals do not have ears (auricles). Seals aren't really deaf, and if you look closely around your face, you'll see a few holes in their ears. In this way, it is hoped that posters will deepen interest in Japanese pinnipeds.
National Museum of Nature and Science Original Poster "Japanese Pinnipeds"
Price: 980 yen (tax included)
Size: 594 x 841 mm (A1 size)
Picture: Toyomi Tanaka
Edition: Cotton child Tajima (National Museum of Nature and Science, Animal Research Department)
Supervision: National Museum of Nature and Science
Departure: National Museum of Nature and Science Promotion Foundation
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❖ National Museum of Nature and Science Online Museum Shop ( https://www.infoparks.jp/kahaku/ )
* In the future, it will be sold at the museum shop in the National Science Museum Tsukuba Experimental Botanical Garden.
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