I rarely see these guys moving around.
The koala bears are so cute but the glare on window makes it impossible to get a decent picture of them.
The elephants were eating.
It’s rare to see the otters close to the glass but this one was right in front.
The rhino pausing at the pool.
More up close with the manatees. I always take a ton of pictures when I’m there.
I recently hurt my shoulder (tendonitis) and was hurting one weekend but I still wanted to get out for a walk so I went over to the zoo with only my phone. I had a fun morning running around without all of my camera stuff.
It’s always fun to watch the orangutans playing at the zoo.
These ladies were not loving the paparazzi this morning.
More cute primates.
The elephants were busy eating.
I never see this guy moving around but he was the morning I was there in late December. Must have been the cool weather.
If you have the National Geographic channel, they have been doing a series at the zoo. Secrets of the Zoo:Tampa is now airing. It’s weird to recognize I place I go to so often on tv and it’s fun to see the behind the scenes there.
It’s not often you get this close to a shark. Above are some of the bigger things under water at MOTE Aquarium in Sarasota.
The Aquarium rehabilitates and houses permanently injured turtles, manatees and dolphins. The turtle above was missing an eye.
We don’t have crocodiles in the Tampa Bay area, at least not yet. They can be found in areas much farther south including the Everglades. I’ve never seen one out in wild. They look very comical, almost like a cartoon.
Pretty flowers in the water at aquarium.
I love seeing the big sting rays at the aquarium. It’s funny how they have faces underneath. I think that first one was smiling at me.
It’s fun to watch the kids go crazy over the sharks. You get to see them close up.
A turtle cruising by.
There’s something hypnotic about watching the fish swim by.
More fun from my September visit to the Florida Aquarium in Tampa.
It’s not often you can get close up to a ruddy duck or a wood duck. They are very different than the common mallards or muscovy ducks that most people see in their neighborhoods.
Turtles and alligators. The funny thing in the bottom picture is that the alligator has his foot on the other alligator’s head.
Scenes from the top deck of the Aquarium, looking down the channel and around the city. I know it looks like it was too pretty a day to be inside but it was so hot and humid that it was nice to spend the morning in air conditioning.