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Old 08-26-2006, 11:55 PM   #1
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Seattle Aquarium (heavy on the pics)

I don't know how off topic this is, since it does relate to fish...

I just visited my BF up in Seattle last weekend as he's finishing a job up there. He took me to the Seattle Aquarium because, well, he knows me all too well Most of the pics I took were of the aquarium and I had to delete other pics because I ran out of room (just stuff like the Space Needle. Nothing important).
The entire aquarium is saltwater, and to my knowledge almost all of the species are from the Puget Sound (but I'm no saltie). They are very pround of the Sound up there. I think they just went fishing off one of the piers, lol.
It's a fairly small aquarium, but I've got the Georgia Aquarium here, so I'm a bit spoiled. They've got quite a few birds and mammals, though I didn't get pics of them since they're not my thing. They've got plans to expand, and I'm sure the new addition will be worth seeing.


The aquarium (white fronted building) sits on a pier.



The main attraction is a large sw dome.




We came at feeding time! The divers fed krill and squid. They stuffed food directly into the wolf eel's mouth (below).



It was probably about 5 feet long.



I don't know what these are. Probably feeders for the rescued waterfowl in the exhibit. But I liked them and the lighting was nice.





Reefs. Nothing annoys me more than hearing, "It's Nemo!"



Starfish! You could pet these. They had another exhibit where you could watch GIANT starfish eat mussels.



This was also in the petting tank! The curator said you'd get real itchy if you pet it. I thought about it.



Salmon are big there. These babies were in the aquarium, but about a half hour away you could watch wild salmon swimming upstream from an underground viewing window. No pics of that though.


I think these are also salmon. I'd like a skylight like this in my house.


Me with the jellyfish exhibit.

My BF. You can see the exhibit better. IT'S A JELLY DONUT! Hahaha!!



Monkfish at the public market. They had it rigged up like a puppet and would make it snap if you leaned in to look at it.



It must be an introduced species.
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Very nice. thanks for sharing.
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Fantastic pics!
That looks like an awesome aquarium.
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Very nice pics! Thanks for sharing. Those reefs look very nice.
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awsome, that jellyfish exhibit is really neat, I have seen pictures of it before. I especially like the salmon near the skylight, very neat. And again, thanks for sharing, those are awsome!
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Monkfish at Pike's Place Market?
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Neato thread! I hope that some day I can visit and aquarium like this!


Thanks for sharing

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Pretty impressive! Thanks for sharing. One of these days, I'll the the Baltimore Aquariuma and get some pics....
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haha, jelly donut! hehe.
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Toirtis, yup! I got to watch them toss fish around and everything. I really preferred the flowers at the market though
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