We went to see the Seattle Aquarium, which is actually kind of nice (although the mammal section needs a bit of work, there's a lot of plain concrete... functional, but not the most aesthetic material ^_^)
Indeed, that's what I thought too, but there you have it! Shore birds, representative of the Puget Sound area.
And you're doing it quite well.
Eight tentacles, 200 or so suckers each... da's a lotta suction yo.
The giant pacific octopus can, food and environment providing, grow up to 20 foot and live about three years, because they become sexually active around 2/3 years, but die after mating.
This one was about seven feet, and about a year and a half old.
Excited, the giant pacific octopus goes from a kind of broken white to a flashy red.
It glows with intelligence O_O
I forgot the name...
The giant clam. It likes feet... om nom nom nom
How do giant clams breathe?
They don't, but this is how they syphen water =P
Gobies are the universal fish for the oceanic equivalent of forests: coral reefs, shallows and mangroves.
There's excellent diversification in gobies, which makes them actually quite fascinating. The mudskippers are gobies, for instance, and there's a goby that cooperates with a blind shrimp - the shrimp is great at digging safe holes, but it's blind, the goby sucks as making dens but has eyes, so it'll sit watch while the shrimp digs them both a safe haven.
No really, this is a mandarinfish. I know of no more funky coloured/patterned fish.
Very odd lobsters, slipper lobsters are.
According to wikipedia, "despite their name, they are not true lobsters, but are more closely related to spiny lobsters and furry lobsters."
... why are those also called lobster, then? O_o
These little fellows (spotted garden eels) will hatch, land, then live their entire life where they landed.
Some fish don't have very high travel demands.
Are these clams? I don't know, maybe they are.
An urchin eating a snail, why not?
om nom nom nom
Well no, just a neat water reflection.
Sporting the classical egyptian warm yellow/violet blue palette.