Tuesday, November 17, 2009

WATERY WEDNESDAY

I'm jumping ahead a bit on our journey as we are at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We lived in Monterey in the early 80's and had to move a month before it opened. It took us 27 years to get back but it was worth the wait, as we had a great time looking at all the exhibits, which included those of the jellyfish.

I think these are the ones called the Purple Striped Jelly but please correct me if I am wrong. You can see that I am mesmerized by them. Stare at them long enough and you feel yourself being hypnotized. These are Gregg's photos.

A group of jellyfish is often called a smack. Many species of jellyfish are also capable of congregating into large swarms or blooms consisting of hundreds or even thousands of individuals. The formation of these blooms is a complex process that depends on ocean currents, nutrients, temperature and oxygen content.

Never did figure this one out.

Or this one but they were fascinating. Usually I try to remember to take pictures of the identification signs but I couldn't find any in my folder.

I do know these are called Moon Jellies.



Here's a short video of the Purple Striped Jelly.

video

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37 comments:

cottagesweet said...

Gorgeous photos! Oh my! It must have been just lovely to see those beautiful creatures up close.

Gill - That British Woman said...

what stunning photos of those jelly fish.

Gill in Canada

eileeninmd said...

The jelly fish are neat looking sea creatures. So many different colors. Wonderfl photos.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

I could stare at them all day !
What awesome pictures, and the details are just wonderful.
Love those colors of blue, how absolutely spectacular Denise.

Guy D said...

Wow these are awesome Denise, I always enjoy my visits to your site.

All the best
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Kay said...

I took photos like that at the aquarium in Canada but I didn't get anything near as spectacular as yours. They're absolutely fabulous!!! Please tell Gregg, "Well done!"

Mama Zen said...

What amazing pictures! So beautiful!

Linda Reeder said...

Great pics. There are some beautiful, exotic creatures in aquatiums. We loved the Denver aruarium when we visited last spring.

Sunny said...

Amazing photos and fascinating video. Excellent!
Sunny :)

Cloudia said...

Hypnotic!

We have moon jellies, so it was like seeing a neighbor on your blog, D.


Well done as usual...

Aloha, Friend!


Comfort Spiral

jabblog said...

Jelly fish are such extraordinary organisms and, as you said, quite hynotic. Wonderful photographs and the video really drew me in.

Carletta said...

These are awesome Denise!
I think the first few shots look almost like abstract paintings. :)

Cezar and Léia said...

I also loved this Monterey aquarium, it's fabulous.
Thanks for this post and for the memories!California is a paradise!Glad to see that you also enjoyed this cool aquarium.
Léia

CambridgeLady said...

They are really beautiful.

Roy said...

Amazing images Denise.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I've been to that aquarium twice, the last time 20 years ago. I need to get their again.

diane said...

A very watery post and also very interesting. The colours are great. Did they have any of our killer jelly fish?

Marie Höglund said...

Wow! Thats a very watery and lovely post. Thanks for sharing .-)

Icy BC said...

These are fantastic photos of the jelly fish! I have no luck with my pictures when it comes to taking pictures of these creatures..

Caprice- said...

Awesome pictures! My pics didn't come out very good when my son and I were there a few years ago. It is a magical place. He got to "scuba" in their tide pool and had a great time. Hope you did too.
Thanks for sharing!
Cparice

Stine in Ontario said...

Your photos make me want to visit the aquarium to witness these fascinating creatures for myself. Kewl photos!

Will said...

Fascinating photos! Easy to be hypnotized by these creatures.

J Bar said...

Wonderful watery Wednesday post.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Coffeedoff said...

Fantastic set of watery shots!

Eve said...

Those are great jellyfish photos! I had no idea that there were so many different varieties! Beautiful!

Perry said...

Nice jellies!

luna miranda said...

these are fantastic shots! i enjoyed each photo. my brothers and i used to play with jellyfish when we were kids--then my mom knew about it and she was hysterical. i never touched a jellyfish after that.:p

Jack and Joann said...

Denise, I loved all those jellyfish photos. Gregg did a great job.

matron said...

Enjoyed the video,they are such graceful creatures,almost hypnotic.Wonderful photography.

imac said...

Wonderful shots.

Gloria said...

Stunning . . . absolutely stunning. Well worth the 27 year wait I'm guessing!!!!

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Amazing photos - the first looks like something from a science fiction movie with the ghostly blues.
Melbourne Daily Photo

Mary said...

Really interesting shots through the glass! Mine never look that good. Jelly fish are such strange and exotic creatures.

James said...

I love these pictures. The lighting and colors are excellent.

Craver Vii said...

I'm so glad you found the purple striped jelly fish. I'll start looking for the peanut butter fish, so we can make a sandwich, okay? ;-) Yummm...

Steve Borichevsky said...

I've seen their jelly exhibits. They are so relaxing to watch.

tricia said...

You did a great job on these captures Denise. Love it.