Thursday, August 29, 2013
This amazing little creature is a Comb Jelly. The lights in rows on the side of his body are rows of tiny cilia (tiny movable hair like structures). But the light does not come from bioluminescence, the cilia are like tiny little prisms refracting the ambient light as the jelly waves the cilia to move through the water. The resulting wave of small rainbows is quite a show.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Leafy Sea Dragon
This guy is one of my favorite sea creatures. He's called a Leafy Sea
Dragon. He's related to seahorses and pipe fish, and is from the waters
of Australia. This one is living at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in their
cool Seahorse exhibit. As I'm sure you can guess he is less of a
sea monster than his name suggests. His beautiful fins camouflage
him in the sea weed as he floats with the ocean surge like a plant.
This was the second time we tried to get to the exhibit, right after it opened in April it was almost too crowded to see anything, but this weekend was much less crowded.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Clams of Monterey
We came to Monterey this weekend to meet a friend and his son
at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It was a fun day, but very tiring.
I've been there many times but somehow I must have missed the
giant clams before. They are quite interesting.
April sixth the Aquarium will be opening a new exhibit on Seahorses in the space where the large Jellyfish display went away last year. I was really disappointed when the jellyfish were leaving, but I don't think they could have picked anything much better to replace them if they had to go! And it will be just in time for my birthday too!!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
This is another critter from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Ahh, vacations are so short and so many days between! The light was very blue, he is actually more brown from what I read about him.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I really enjoyed the Monterey Bay Aquarium, so I had to drag my wife to
the closest thing we have in Santa Barbara, the Ty Warner Sea Center.
The scale is not really comparable, but the people there are really
nice and they have some cool hands on things you can do. Since
they are out on Stearns Wharf, they can
actually drop experiments down through a big hole in the floor.
Right now the Sea Center has a "Camouflage" display including all kinds of critters that are good at hiding. I don't think this guy was actually part of that display, but he was doing his best with that nice collection of sea-weed. The nice blue background was my wife's idea. She offered to stand behind the aquarium in her nice blue shirt.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Today was a great day, saw some jellies ate some good food and found
out that Monterey was close enough to make a good day trip. in the past
we have always stayed a lot longer.
These guys were amazing and the display was fantastic. They are in a small hallway with mirrors on the ends and both walls of the hall are floor to ceiling aquariums. It makes you feel like you are completely submerged in a school of graceful jellyfish.
Oh, one more thing, if you do go to Monterey and stay in a hotel. Be sure to purchase your aquarium tickets at the hotel. You will get a two day pass for the same price as one day at the Aquarium and you wont have to wait in the long ticket line at the door. You can go right in the side entrance.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Well we raced off to Monterey to see the Jellyfish before they went
away. And they were well worth the four and a half hour drive.
If you are going to be there before the end of this weekend
I highly recommend you check them out. The show is "Jellies: Living Art"
and in addition to the jellies they have some beautiful art that was
inspired by the gracefulness of the jellyfish.
Of course if you can't get there by Sunday, they still have plenty of other amazing things to see. And I'm pretty sure they will still have some jellies, just not the big display. But I would imagine they are planning something interesting for the spot that they will be vacating.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Creatures from the deep
Actually, I guess they are "creatures from the shallow".
Or even creatures from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
But you get the point.
This is from our last trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. On my way to their Online Field Guide to identify these critters I found out that their Jelly fish exhibit is going to end on Sunday. If you find yourself anywhere near Monterey this week you should stop in and see it. They are really beautiful. I am sure going to try to get there. I think they will still have jellies after Sunday, it's just the bigger collection of rare ones that is over... "Jellies: Living Art"
I did find the details on these guys too: Tube Anemone an interesting adaptation of an Anemone that can retreat into that long tube. And the crazy thing on the left is a Sea Pen, but he is not at a good angle to appreciate why he got his name. When they are standing up they look like a big fancy feather quill. I'll try to get a better picture when we go to see the jellies.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I was in the mood for something a little different today
when I was looking through some older images. I realized
that none of my jelly photos from our last trip to the
Monterey Bay Aquarium made it to the Photo of the Day
so it is time to fix that.
Of course, as with most photos, the lighting makes all the difference. Without it this guy would be virtually invisible. However unlike most of the photos on my site that are artificially lit I can't take credit for the lighting on this one. The Aquarium has a wonderful display that is designed to perfectly light the critters so you can appreciate their delicate beauty.
Friday, January 26, 2007
On The Ocean Floor
This is another shot from our recent visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It was a fun trip, but it is quite a crowded place. If you don't like pushy people you should probably prepare yourself for a rough day. Personally, I think it is time to take my camera SCUBA diving and leave the crowds behind!
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
If you only see the Otter take a closer look. In the water you can see the reflection of a small boy that just loved the playful otters. This otter seems to be taking a break from his antics to show a little curiosity in the strange creatures on the other side of the glass. The moment only lasted a second, then it was back to play time!