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.
Because I’m a member of the Tampa zoo, I get in free to the Florida Aquarium in September. Which works out perfect because by the time September comes around I’m tired of being outside in the heat and want to do something indoors. I get there right when it opens before the crowds cover the glass. I was using Auto mode on my camera with no flash since the flash would just put a big spotlight in the picture. And most of the exhibits don’t allow flash anyway. It’s too hard to bring a tripod in with even the smallest crowd. A lot of these were taken with my phone as well.
Seahorses are everyone’s favorite but it’s really hard to see them. They keep it dark in the room and no flash allowed. These were taken with my phone.
Always fun to see jellyfish floating upside down.
I call these boob jellyfish.
This little guy was so cute. He was very animated.
I took a ton of pictures since it was nice and cool inside so more to come. The Aquarium is fun until it’s crowded. When I left before noon it was wall to wall people and you had to wait to get close to the glass. I would suggest going during the week when school is in if you can to keep from bumping into kids.
This is the closest I’ll get to a hooded merganser. They are so skittish. The ones that float around in the channel behind my house take off if I open the back door. It’s interesting that his beak looks like it has mini teeth on the edge, almost like a crocodile snout.
Ruddy duck floating around on top of the fish exhibit.
I think this is a fulvous whistling duck. He was quacking at an ibis to get out of his spot.
Spoony with an itch.
Close up of a spoonbill living at the aquarium.
They are very used to people so they came close to the edge of the exhibit.
This little kildeer had his own private beach next to the stingrays.
This must have been a lost sooty tern that was sick or injured and found a home here.
Oh yeah, there is fish at the aquarium. Lots of fish.
More pictures from my fun pre-Christmas trip to the Florida Aquarium. I think I like the wetlands exhibit the best since they have birds there and you can see them really close. All of the birds were injured and unable to release back in the wild so now they live here.