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Published on May 18, 2010
Academy Biologist Jim provides a behind the scenes look at feeding the Paddlefish (Polyodon spathula), located in the Water Planet exhibit in Steinhart Aquarium. American paddlefish typically live in the Mississippi River and feed primarily on zooplankton but also feed on crustaceans and bivalves. Their unique nose shape helps them to detect food through electromagnetic receptors and helps them to stabilize their head while sifting water.
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The California Academy of Sciences is the only place on the planet with an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof. It’s a stunning architectural achievement with hundreds of unique exhibits and nearly 40,000 live animals.