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Seattle Aquarium

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 ^_^)

2009-09-28 10:24:59

Birds? At an aquarium?

Indeed, that's what I thought too, but there you have it! Shore birds, representative of the Puget Sound area.

2009-09-28 10:25:31

I has a camouflage

And you're doing it quite well.

2009-09-28 09:46:05

A tangled mess of "I'm not letting go"

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.

2009-09-28 11:08:15

For colour, add food

Excited, the giant pacific octopus goes from a kind of broken white to a flashy red.

Quite neat.

2009-09-28 09:59:59

Brain coral

It glows with intelligence O_O

2009-09-28 10:04:10

Some ... coral

I forgot the name...

2009-09-28 10:03:55

Ze giante clamme

The giant clam. It likes feet... om nom nom nom

2009-09-28 10:04:36

Ze giante clamme hole

How do giant clams breathe?

They don't, but this is how they syphen water =P

2009-09-28 10:01:02

Meet the goby

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.

2009-09-28 10:02:10

Mandarinfish

No really, this is a mandarinfish. I know of no more funky coloured/patterned fish.

2009-09-28 10:12:31

A slipper lobster

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

2009-09-28 10:16:15

The lonely eel

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.

2009-09-28 10:47:21

Some shell things

Are these clams? I don't know, maybe they are.

2009-09-28 10:49:00

Hungry, hungry urchin

An urchin eating a snail, why not?

om nom nom nom

2009-09-28 10:52:55

Two urchins?

Well no, just a neat water reflection.

And blue~

2009-09-28 10:56:12

The classic shell

Sporting the classical egyptian warm yellow/violet blue palette.

Awesome.

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