January 14, 2010

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a GREAT Aquarium!  Situated on historic Cannery Row on the Pacific Ocean shore,  I recommend it if you are every near by!

Well, I actually got the ‘Tail Shot’!

We’ll start with a Kelp Bass:

And a California Sheephead:

It was fun watching this school of Pacific Sardines move in near-perfect unison!

This is a Leopard Shark – and looks kind of mean – but these are really no threat to humans:

A perspective on the “Kelp Forest” (as it was the first tank in an aquarium to be able to grow and maintain California Giant Kelp), which is the tank inhabited by the creatures photographed above:

Missed noting what the next two are – let me know if you can identify them and I’ll do an update.  These are orange!

And so are these!!

OK, this is a Sheep Crab.  Unfortunately, the nearby Giant Pacific Octopus was hiding – oh well, can’t get them all!

A Bat Ray:

I may have missed getting my ‘Whale Tail’, but this more than made up for it.  We were lucky enough to be there when they had a Great White Shark on exhibit – only the fifth the Monterey Bay Aquarium has shown (all had been returned to the wild, as was this one November 4th when it started to get more aggressive with some of the other sharks in the Outer Bay Exhibit).  There have only been a couple of other instances of Great Whites in captivity so I was lucky to get these shots – and that the tank didn’t break!


While some of the other sharking in the Outer Bay tank moved in somewhat predictable patterns, the Great White was not as predictable.  Here is a good profile:

They have a look in their eyes that I can only describe as ‘living machine’:

And to borrow a Monty Pythonism, this crop shows ” ‘e’s got big teeth”

The Outer Bay tank also has the Galapagos Shark:

Who looks to be a little freaked out about having no (visible) teeth and sharing a tank with a Great White!

Also hard to photograph was this Scalloped Hammerhead Shark:

Also sharing the tank with the Great White were the Loser Fish (well actually the Pacific Bluefin Tuna)!

On to the Jellies!

The Black Sea Nettle:

The Moon Jelly:

The Purple-striped Jelly:

These are Squid Egg Cases, with each ‘finger’ holding hundreds of eggs:

They had an awesome Seahorse exhibit!

Seahorses are fish, and the males get pregnant have the babies:

The Sea Dragon is type of seahorse:

As is the Leafy Sea Dragon – what a display of camouflage!

Saw some nice Coral:

And the really cool Cuttlefish!