Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Watery Wednesday

These were taken at the Monterey Aquarium a few weeks ago.

There is a wonderful seahorse exhibit and the one in the photo above is called a Leafy Sea Dragon. Great camouflage don't you think? They are found off the coast of southern and western Australia. If I could have pulled a comfortable chair up next to the exhibit I would have stayed there studying them for a couple of hours or more, just fascinating.

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The red shrimp above is called a Pacific Cleaner Shrimp.

All the seahorses I saw were just the most graceful and beautiful things. I can see why they say people who have fish tanks have low blood pressure. You look at these wonderful creatures for any length of time, you become totally relaxed. Maybe that's why they don't supply easy chairs at aquariums. We'd all be taking a nap.



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This is a video of the Weedy Sea Dragon, not quite as showy as the other but still very beautiful. They are also found off the coast of southern Australia. You can find more about them here.

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This is a horseshoe crab. He was pretty small. I found an article about them on Wikipedia too, which you can read about here.

There are some wonderful creatures under the sea.

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36 comments:

Martha Z said...

Great post. I love this aquarium and you have reminded me it has been too long since our last visit.

Xavi said...

The camouflage of the seahorse, is fantastic!
Have a nice day.

Craver Vii said...

What a coincidence!! I just took a photo of a cleaner shrimp last Saturday. This tank was stocked with "characters" from Finding Nemo. There was a sea horse as part of an open air display, but I liked the live characters better. Thanks for the video of the sea horses. I think this is the very first time I have seen how they move.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Great pictures, Denise. I particularly like the seahorse pictures.

I like your header photographer too. Could that be your house in the snow?

Cathy said...

Hello Denise
Loved thispost - I've only ever seen Seahorses in the Aquarium, never in the wild. Like you I was intrigued by the up and down rocking movement they have
My favourite is the one that looks like seaweed - I gravitate towards those tanks each time we go - it fascinates me - its is so unusual its not natural, if you follow my way of thinking lol
Take care
Cathy

imac said...

Great shots, and no flair as well, well done.

Rantis said...

I just love the pictures of the wonderful camouflaged seahorse...
So lovely pictures!

Wenche said...

Beautiful photos from below sea level. Is unbelievable what exists down there:-)

Maggie May said...

I just love seahorses and the camouflage was very wonderful. Had to look hard at times to find them. Great post.

Nuts in May

Gill - That British Woman said...

what a great series of photos, I'm a big fan of sea horses.

Gill

Evelyn Howard said...

Hi Denise, The first pic is amazing. I love it. Is it a mural?

I love aquarium. The first time I saw a seadragon, I was totallly amazed. Sea horses are also rather odd but interesting creatures.

Evelyn

eden said...

Beautiful shots, Denise. Love all the creatures especially that seahorse and the red shrimp. We have a big fish tank at home with tropical fishes in it and it is so very relaxing watching them swimming around while having a cuppa..

eileeninmd said...

Cool photos from the aquarium. i love the sea horses. They are fantastic.

Jack and Joann said...

Neat watery acquarium pics. I like the first pic especially. It would be a neat pic to use for a colorful painting.

J Bar said...

They are beauties.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great photos. I love aquariums.

Linda Reeder said...

Seahorses seem to move so effortlessly until you study how fast those tiny fins are flutterring.

Ebie said...

This is the second time I have seen the leafy sea dragon. I have been to the Monterey Aquarium a long time ago and I vaguely remember the things I saw.

Your photos are so crisp and clear through the glass.

Joops said...

I love that red shrimp!

We have rainy and snowy days

Pat said...

I really enjoyed viewing these photos and video. I have never seen the two seahorses that you videotaped. I'm glad you videotaped the first one, because it was hard to imagine it by just looking at the photo. Just amazing!

chubskulit said...

The horshoe crab is very interesting

Mine is here

Tricia said...

I saw some of those Leafy Sea Dragons when I visited Dallas World Aquarium a couple summers ago & they are soooo cool! I love em! You really captured some great shots & videos, too! AWESOME!

Spiderdama said...

Great post and pictures;-)

Kay said...

These are such incredible photos, Denise. I love aquariums. I think the leafy sea dragon is my favorite. I didn't notice him at first.

gengen said...

Oh this are very pretty shots for watery Wednesday. Am playing too.

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello sweet Denise!
Your "watery post"today is breathtaking, I specially love that SweedySea Dragon ( in fact I didn't know his name because in Brazil we said horse marine!), he is delicate and adorable!
I could hear the soft music in this video and it creates a magic atmosphere!
Wonderful post and thanks for bring me the memories about this fabulous aquarium in Monterey and I loved it when I visited there in 2007.And I keep loving this magnificent place!
God bless you
Léia

diane said...

That is a lovely display of sea horses and i agree with how relaxing it is to watch them. A few years ago we visited the SeaHorse Aquarium in Tasmania, it was fascinating to see how they breed them.

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

I know they are not but I think a sea horse is like a miniature person, or a fairy.

AL said...

I always love to watch sea horses swim to and fro in the aquarium, they are so graceful.

Sunny said...

Such an enjoyable post. I love the videos. There certainly is an amazing world underwater.
Sunny :)

Margaret Cloud said...

These aquarium pictures are so beautiful. especially the Sea Horses, I must get over to ours. You are right about being so relaxing, my son use to have an aquarium and I could stare at it for long periods. Thank you for coming by and I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and nay the joy of this season fill your hearts with joy.

Gunilla said...

Fantastic what colorful aquariums.
I have never seen any seahorses before. Thanks for showing them to me.
Have a nice day

Gunilla

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Maria Berg said...

I love on the good stuff you find under water - I am planning to go in 2 years time to Australia with my family and one of the reason is the great barrier reef - and I want to see all of them you did show.

The red shrimp - I friend of mine has similar in a aquarium and promise to give one to me I can not wait.

Thank you for stopping by my blog, have not forgotten about you only not alway a lot of time.
Take care my friend,
MB

tricia said...

Beautiful shots Denise. Your posts are always interesting and wonderful.

Denise said...

Thank you for all the great comments. I have stopped by all your blogs now and answered any questions from here. Always appreciate you stopping by.