Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Mote Aquarium, Sarasota, FL

 Lon, Jared and I visited the Mote Aquarium in Sarasota, FL on March 20th, the day before we came back to Wisconsin.

Lon and Jared both have aquariums of their own.  Needless to say, this visit was right up their alley.  Jared has a wealth of knowledge regarding starting up and maintaining home aquariums.  He gifted Lon with the one he presently enjoys.

Whether you have an avid interest or not, I can't imagine anyone not enjoying a visit to view the splendors of the underwater world.
These orange and white swimmers are clown fish.  The variety of live plants around them provide an awesome environment. 

Can you imagine walking on stilts day in and day out?

Picking out this creature is a bit challenging.  Do you see the mouth and the big ball eyes above it?  This fellow creeped me out!

Mysterious-looking is my adjective for this.

Too many appendages to keep track of, don't you think?

What big and woeful eyes you have!

Around and around and around they go...

...dragging their tails behind them.

These come wrapped in aluminum foil, ready for baking.  I didn't mention that to them though.

Part of a hammerhead shark.

A pack of serious-looking Jack fish.

They meant business and had places to go and important things to do.

It's crazy to be so close to these monsters and yet so safe.

This closeup photo is taken of part of a preserved squid.

Here's another preserved squid.

This pair of Lion fish are dressed for some grand gala event.  I felt like a slob next to them in my blue jeans.

If you were as big as this manatee, you'd eat an entire head of lettuce in one gulp too!

That's all folks!  These are my favorite photos taken at the Mote Aquarium.  I hope you enjoyed them.  

(See my previous post for photos of a famous sculpture which replicates a world-renowned post World War II photograph).   


Anonymous said...

Oh my!!! These are beautiful Shaddy! I love them! Your captions are priceless, and made me giggle. I've always loved aquariums, especially visiting ones like this. I'm so glad you posted all of these dear! I wish I could pick a favorite picture here, but I can't, I love them all!

Shaddy aka Cheryl said...

SARIE: I love going with Jared. He's so enthusiastic and knowledgeable that it's much more interesting than without him.

I hope Jared, Lon and I get down to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago sometime soon.

Thanks for stopping in. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit.

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

Nature continues to amaze me!
Wow those fishes are so pretty, the ones with tiger stripes!


Shokoofeh said...

Aw so beautiful! I always love aquariums!

p.s. Thank you so much darling lady for beautiful encouraging comments on my blog. xo

Natasha Drew said...

Wow, Shaddy, these are GORGEOUS photos! We have a wonderful aquarium as well, but every picture I've taken there has been awful.

You are so talented - I've enjoyed your vacation vicariously. Thanks for sharing it.

Gullible said...

Shaddy, I hope my PC allows me to post this comment! You aquarium photos are excellent. Good on ya!

Elizabeth said...

Your acquarium photos are gorgeous.