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A CANADIAN EXPAT'S EXPERIENCES AND OBSERVATIONS LIVING IN THE WINDY CITY!

Fish Tank ATP Oct 2015

Our recent trip to Long Beach, California would not have been complete without a dip into the wonderful world of the Pacific Ocean courtesy of the, “Aquarium of the Pacific”.  This aquarium is literally one of the best I have ever visited.  It was riveting from the get-go.  The Visitor Information Assistant told us it would take approximately 2 hours to go through the entire building; we took 4 hours.

I don’t know the names of all the phenomenal creatures you’ll see in this post; however, I think some of them might allow for our creativity to name them as you wish!  The above photo was a delightful array of colorful fish and seascape (for lack of a better term).  I included it in this post because it turned out so clearly! Apologies in advance for the less than stellar quality of some of the photos.  The aquarium has a muted lighting in order to see the lighting in the tanks.

Yellow Fish ATP Oct 2015

Well hello there, smiley, yellow swimmers! How can you not smile when seeing these bright and chirpy-looking fish?

Jellies 4 ATP Oct 2015

I was mesmerized by these graceful creatures.  They seemed to have their own dance numbers, almost in a synchronistic fashion, which I found enchanting!

Dragonfish ATP Oct 2015

Have you ever seen fish as unique-looking as these?  It appears as if there is a dragon’s den under the sea after all!

Seal ATP Oct 2015

Look at this dear soul!  He was as engaging with those of us on this side of the glass as he was with his tank mates!  Sea Lion I believe? No roaring from this gentle giant!!

Jellies 2 ATP Oct 2015

This was a spectacular sight! Another jellyfish variety.  Gliding with grace and agility.

seaweed fish ATP Oct 2015

Now this guy takes the cake (figuratively, not literally; or at least not my birthday cake from yesterday anyway)!! This creature literally (to me) was the strangest-looking in the entire aquarium.  It actually appears to look like seaweed (which I truthfully thought it was until I moved closer to the tank).  There is a lot going on with this eye-balled seaweed, wouldn’t you say?

Seahorses ATP Oct 2015

These seahorses are not easy to see clearly, but I hope you get the idea.  One of my favorite creatures of the Pacific Ocean.  (Now I am being downright ridiculous, but I rather think they’d look interesting with a little horse saddle)!

Jellies ATP Oct 2015

Ah, more luminescent lovelies!  Floating wherever they choose, these jellies were spellbinding to watch.  The Aquarium of the Pacific has created such a breathtaking atmosphere for each and every fish and sea creature environment!

Octypus ATP Oct 2015

I was fortunate enough to snap a quick photo of this rather shy octopus before its suction-cupped tentacles maneuvered it to the back of the tank and out of sight.  I appreciate the photo-op, Ms. Octo!

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Talk about a fascinating experience! These gentle stingrays were only too pleased to oblige the curious humans with many dives up to the top of the tank for a gentle pat on the back!  We were told to use two fingers and carefully glide them across the back of the stingray as they slithered by us.  Having no stingers (they have been removed) there is absolutely no danger whatsoever interacting with these interesting and engaging creatures.  Apparently the one reason they would ever attack anything is if they felt they were in danger.  Otherwise, they are quite passive and enjoy the opportunity to literally reach out and touch someone (or rather, let us touch them).

Jellies 3 ATP Oct 2015

These delicate-looking creatures had long whisps of hair-like something or other dangling from their backs (or their fronts; hhhmm, rather difficult to say, really).  Another magical moment for me at the aquarium.

So there you have it! I had a marvelous time getting an up-close perspective of some surreal Pacific Ocean dwellers.  After I left the aquarium, this thought came to me:  what on earth are they saying about those of us staring at them?  Perhaps it might sound something like, “Did you see that one, Stella?” “It didn’t have any tendrils, glowing heads, or fancy dance moves.”  “Humans…………they’re really all alike!”  Indeed ocean wonder, indeed.

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27 thoughts on “Aquarium of the Pacific – Creatures of the Deep

  1. andy1076 says:

    I could never capture jellyfish properly because the aquarium here displays them in a too dark room, great shots! 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *triple clink* Why thank you, Andy! I honestly took a lot of shots but only a few turned out! So I know exactly what you mean!!! 😉 Cher xo

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  2. Joan says:

    The pictures are awesome. I love the jellyfish and the seahorse!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, Joan! I love the jellyfish and the seahorse, too! It’s really interesting when the seahorses seem to be staring!

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      1. Joan says:

        Yes, and they seem almost like mythical creatures, don’t they?

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        They really do! I think that is why I am so enthralled with them, Joan. 🙂

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  3. Oh yes! I remember going through that aquarium. Grab a lunch and if you are counting hues bring your bed lol I look at all these aquariums and zoos for that matter and to me taking animals and fish out of the wild to present us with a show seems senseless to me. It is too bad that our virtual reality doesn’t lends itself to allow a person to enter into a facsimile of water and have all these fish around them in 3D. Now one can say that they have become eco friendly nothing gets disturbed and everyone is satisfied. Now that I have solved the aquarium and zoo dilemma off to another post to save the world. What can I say I am a bleeding heart lol

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *biggest grin* I always appreciate your comments!! A 3D fish aquarium sounds wonderful!! Cher xo

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      1. Yes it does. Perhaps a future thing when humanity learns to have a relationship with all.

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  4. Beautiful Captures 🙂 Happy Weekend – Enjoy!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you so much, my dear! And to you as well! Cher xo

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  5. Wow for so great experience Cher. They have many kind of seahorses and other wonderful creatures 😀

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thanks so much, Irene! I just love seahorses; they seem so regal! *LOL* Yes, and all of the other wonderful creatures! Cher xo

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  6. John says:

    Amazing crioters and shootin’!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *LOL* Why thank you, John! But definitely not, ‘shootin’ critters’! *biggest grin* Cher xo

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  7. I thoroughly enjoyed your photos, Cher. Thanks so much for sharing these fascinating creatures with us.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, dear Carol! They were quite amazing creatures, I must say! Especially the one fish that looks like seaweed!! *LOL* Cher xo

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  8. Joseph Nebus says:

    I always spend longer in museums (aquariums, zoos, et cetera) than even the longest estimates suggest. One time in a museum on Singapore’s Sentosa Island a docent came up and noted that the museum had technically closed 45 minutes ago so if I might hurry along it would be appreciated.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *LOL* I love that, Joseph! It sounds so much like me!! Cher xo

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      1. Joseph Nebus says:

        The experience did leave me feeling like I ought to get something from the gift shop, and I was so relieved that I was not the only person still shopping.

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        *LOL* Ah, Joseph, you certainly didn’t do anything wrong! You were simply fully engaged in enjoying the museum’s environment! Did you buy anything, by the way? 😉 Cher xo

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      3. Joseph Nebus says:

        I know that I bought something, though I can’t remember what now. Well, it was nearly a decade ago. Probably it was a book of postcards or the like; that’s my default gift shop purchase if everything else seems uninteresting. The pictures are good and they could be used, if I needed.

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      4. seaangel4444 says:

        Good idea, Joseph!!! Cher xo

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  9. I have never seen jellyfish that many in the ocean – thankfully, because I think it won’t feel nice to get stung by them 😀 Seeing them that many is actually pretty cool – and perhaps it is better looking at them in the aquarium 🙂 Looks like you had a wonderful travel!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Oh yes, I am sure it would not be nice at all to see that many in the ocean because they sure can sting, can’t they? I thought of you when I was doing this post, Indah. Your phenomenal underwater photography is something I admire so much, and here I am taking photos of fish in an aquarium!! *LOL* 😦 But we did have a wonderful trip; thank you, Indah! I would love to take photos underwater some day!! Cher xo

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  10. I am so glad I never deleted this post (as I did with a huge backlog from when our internet was down), it was so beautiful and mesmerising. Thank you.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Why thank you so much, Hilary!! I really appreciate it! Cher xo

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