Friday, July 31, 2015


These were taken at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center last week.   There are also a couple of short videos at the end of the post. 

I believe this is the Longnose Gar.  At least I found something similar here.  What do you think?

I tried to identify all that I saw but was not successful with every one.

The fish below on the right center of my photo is called a Unicorn fish, the Whitemargin I think comparing it with photos online.  

The little fish below put on quite a show for me.  In the end I didn't know who was looking at whom.  He swam up next to me and stared, 'hovering ' as if standing upright on his 'toes', and then did what I can only describe as several pirouettes that would have done a ballerina proud.  He continued this until I moved away.  Fascinating little thing and a little fish I thoroughly enjoyed.  I found out he is called a Striped Burrfish (Chilomycterus schoepfii).  I found the following online where you can read more about him here.

Striped Burrfish are brown or olive with yellow bellies and powerful jaws.  They have bulging yellow eyes with iridescent blue-green pupils.  They have brown or lack parallel stripes and black spots.  Stripped Burrfish get their name from the short, immovale spines which cover their sperical bodies.  

They can inflate their bodies when threatened.  They can grow up to 12 inches in length.  They eat oysters, barnacles and small crabs.  Striped Burrfish live in the ocean and in bays, cool to hot waters and usually among seagrass.

The day we visited the aquarium, they had released several sea turtles in Virginia Beach.  My niece and her daughter were there and when I showed my great-niece these videos, she excitedly told me about seeing the sea turtles returning home.  There is a photo of that release here.  You can watch a news video here, and the aquariums program for the protection and rehabilitation of these wonderful marine animals can be read at this link.

If you can't see my video below you can go here.

Also this video, if ever it won't load up can be seen here.

A young girl was taking photos with her flash which is not allowed as it frightens the marine life.  I wanted to tell her about that and also that her photos would not be very good using the flash because of the glare reflected from the glass, but as her mother was there I didn't do this, hoping she would correct her daughter.  That didn't happen.  Perhaps I should have said something but did not want to shame or embarrass her in any way.  I hoped that one of the aquarium staff would eventually see her and step in.

I am sharing with the following memes.  Thank you to all our hosts for making them a very enjoyable part of blogging. You can see other participants by visiting their links below.

Eileen at Saturday Critters
Misty at Camera Critters 
Michelle at Nature Notes


  1. what a neat place! easy to spend a lot of time there, i bet.

  2. I think the turtles are wonderful.
    Isn't it great that you can walk around with the fish everywhere ... even over your head at times!

    Thanks for sharing.

    All the best Jan

  3. I love aquariums too. These fish are so interesting. The Burrfish is fascinating. I love how it's curious about you too.

  4. Wonderful photos and videos ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

  5. i love to visit aquariums. beautiful images. the videos were neat.

  6. Beautiful and fascinating, Denise! I have always loved aquariums...and not just public ones, personal ones as well. I find them very beautiful and soothing. :)

  7. Serene and beautiful. I hope that aquarium staff (or her mother) did educate the flash happy snapper.

  8. that's a lot of cool critters!

  9. Fantastic photos and wonderful videos. Loved hearing the excitement in the children's voices. Have a lovely weekend.

  10. Hello Denise, I love the photos of the fish and turtles. And the videos are great. I love going to the aquarium too!

    Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

  11. You got great photos through the glass!

  12. My daughters and Lorelei love to go to aquariums...and I like them, too...but not as much as they do. I loved hearing how the burrfish did. It is cute little thing.

  13. Seeing the turtles is quite a treat!

  14. A pretty cool spot to visit. Love the turtles!

  15. Beautiful .., Aquariums are such calming places. Except when you run into something like that lady who wasn't teaching her daughter! I hate that.

  16. Love the fishy pictures Denise :)
    Just wish you would've made a video
    of the dancing Burrfish :))

    Have a beautiful Sunday!

  17. Looks like you made a special friend at the aquarium!

  18. Great shots. Watching those sea critters is very relaxing.

  19. Around here we get the Carolina Chickadees. We're a little far South for the Black Capped kind. As you are west of me, I can't be sure what you get, however, I suspect it's the Carolina kind. And yes you did spot an Easyern Bluebird. They are magnificent. I'm curious...were you near home when you saw him? Generally they stick to the Tidewater area. I used to see them a lot when I lived in Fredericksburg.

  20. Awesome post!!! Love the photo and video of the sea turtles being released back into the ocean, and your videos and photos are wonderful as well! Really enjoyed this!

  21. Hi Denise,
    It is such fun to go to the aquarium. I am glad you could take great photos from behind the glass.
    The Gar reminds me of the Aligator Gar, which was around in the Trinity River in North Texas.
    Glad you had a fun outing!
    Have a Wonderful Day!
    Peace :)