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.
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.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Hiding in Plain Sight
It was a strange day today. Our
electricity went out at 2:00 am
and was out until the afternoon.
Apparently a TV antenna fell on some power lines.
So, it was hard to work, but a
great day for taking pictures!
We went to Island View Nursery in Carpinteria. It is always an amazing place, but as soon as we got there we saw some strange movement in these plants right by the parking lot. There were small frogs climbing through the leaves trying to discretely move away from us. As we got closer, some of them decided to depend upon the camouflage. Which was very fortunate for me. This guy is only about an inch long.
When I am a little more conscious I will try to identify him, but it is late now, and time for bed!