Five Shots: Aquarian Adventure

 

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In Phoenix, the new OdySea Aquarium opened this past weekend, so my granddaughter and I spent two hours admiring the fish from around the world which somehow seemed more interesting when you live in the desert. Darned fish wouldn’t hold still, but to the creatures that would, I thought I would share a few.

Bathroom sinks have a view of the shark tank.
Bathroom sinks have a view of the shark tank.
Gold Piranha
Gold Piranha
Mom and baby California Moray
Mom and baby California Moray
Sea Horses sit still for pictures. Whew!
Sea Horses sit still for pictures. Whew!
Sharks do not pose for pictures.
Sharks do not pose for pictures.
Only a foot away. Yikes.
Only a foot away. Yikes.
Taking pictures of the Gars and Paddle Fish
Taking pictures of the Gars and Paddle Fish
Alaskan King Crabs
Alaskan King Crabs
Blue Crabs
Blue Crabs
Tiger Fish
Tiger Fish
Great Barrier Reef fish
Great Barrier Reef fish
Remember when you saw the world this way?
Remember when you saw the world this way?

39 thoughts on “Five Shots: Aquarian Adventure

  1. I love visiting aquariums. They are some of my favorite attractions to check out when I visit someplace new. Glad to see your granddaughter had such a wonderful time. I could watch fish swim around all day.

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    1. Me, too, Drew. They are so calming. Do you scuba dive or snorkel?

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      1. No, unfortunately. I would like to go scuba diving but one of my ears won’t pop correctly so I can’t go much deeper than 10 feet or so.

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        1. Me, too. I love the vast world. I learned only 5 percent of the ocean has been explored. Seems hard to believe! Makes me want to watch The Abyss again.

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  2. Great views of the shark and the crabs, always fun to visit an aquarium! Looks like you had a brilliant time 🙂

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  3. I love the last photograph, a natural display of a sense of wonder!

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  4. I agree with Paul, you really captured the childhood sense of wonder with that last shot.
    I like the Morays too. Suitably grumpy expressions!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Hi Pete. Her look was the best part of the day. I liked the grumpy bottom feeders, too.

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  5. Looks like a great place for kids. Wouldn’t mind seeing that myself if I get down to Phoenix again.

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    1. I recommend it. A lot of critters and fish I could not capture cuz they moved too fast.

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  6. Last winter, we watched as the building was being built. Hope to make it over there soon.

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  7. Some lovely photos, but try as I might, I can’t like crabs. Like huge spiders in water.

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    1. John, the only good crab is in my belly. 😉

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  8. Ooooh I love underwater shots!! The shark ones are awesome Cindy, but the Great Barrier Reef fish shot is my fave. Your granddaughter is adorable!!

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    1. Thank you, Ruth. She is so inquisitive. It is a pleasure spending time with her.

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  9. You still have a great eye, Cindy!

    Sharks have got to keep moving or they will drown.

    And your granddaughter’s a cutie!

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    1. Thanks, Kevin. That she is! Say, did you read my email? Are you ready for the 13th? 🙂

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      1. Read your e-mail. The large number of attachment photos I sent were for variety. Edit my post and use the attachments as you see fit,

        Been following the Lucky 13 thread. So, I’m ready for he 13th.

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        1. 🙂 Can’t wait! Have fun, Kevin.

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  10. I love visiting aquariums too. Some wonderful pictures here.

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    1. thank you for saying so! Come back soon. 🙂

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  11. Wow I just found your blog and think it’s great! Your pictures look so good!

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  12. These are some quite wonderful shots.

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    1. Hi, Vinnieh, thank you! We had a great time.

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      1. It’s lovely to hear that Cindy.

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  13. Wow Cindy these look incredible!! I really like the crabs and the piranha.

    Oh, btw, I know its a shameless plug, but I just posted my next chapter of my book. Would love to hear your thoughts or any feedback 🙂

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    1. Shameless–we’ve all been there 😉
      Of course, my friend.

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      1. I’m aiming to finish the thing by the end of the year. So I need to knock out a chapter per month, and I’ll have my ten chapters and a finished first draft. Can’t wait for that, it’ll feel very good!

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  14. All great photos as usual Cindy. The first one particularly grabbed my attention and I think that Tiger Fish is beautiful but that last photo of your granddaughter tells a wonderful story and we are privileged to have you share the memory.

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    1. Thanks, Lloyd. What a sweet compliment. My camera is busted and I was limited to my phone. I had a hard time coming up with clean, clear shots. Those sharks move fast!

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      1. You got a couple of good shots of the sharks. Being able to watch them in the bathroom is interesting, it’s going to lead to either one of two things.

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        1. Ha! It was a cool design decision on the architects part. It all came out well!

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  15. I LOVE aquariums. I never get bored. I have been to so many. One of the best was in Hull where they have special deep water areas with tanks behind blackout curtains that you have to press your face against to see the weird creatures inside. It also ends with a lift that goes through the main tank.

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    1. That sounds awesome, Abbi. When I visit a city and stay long enough, I try to check out their zoo or aquariums. The one at Hull sounds interesting! For me, the Chicago Aquarium is a fav and the best one I’ve experienced was in Sydney. They had a walk through tunnel through a main tank, similar to your experience. The water tanks, The dark. The colors. How relaxing.

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      1. I have been to the Sydney one. It’s great! I do the same if I get to spend time in a city. I can highly recommend the Two Oceans in Cape Town too. They have the best penguin enclosure that you can view above and below water so you can see them diving!

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        1. I was thinking about Cape Town and wondered. Cool! There’s a chance within 5 years I’ll be visiting there for the first time.

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