Thursday, June 30, 2011

Vā’kā: Aquarium

Join us at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies • Gatlinburg, TNBlogStoryboard

African Penguins — also known the blackfooted penguin, is found on the southwestern coast of Africa

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Weedy Scorpion Fish — master of camouflage and its frilly appendages help it to blend in with its surroundings; their dorsal spines are venomous and can be painful if stepped on

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Spotted Garden Eel — live in colonies of thousands of individuals; they rarely leave their burrows so they rely on the ocean currents to bring plankton to them for feeding

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Nature’s Kaleidoscope

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Regal Blue Tang • Butterflyfishes

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Bannerfish

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Sawfish — related to stingrays and are know for their saw-like rostrum, which is used as a digging tool to uncover food buried beneath the sand

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Shark Lagoon

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Lionfish — delivers a potent venom via its needle-like dorsal fins; its sting is extremely painful to humans and can cause nausea and breathing difficulties, but is rarely fatal

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Schooling Fish — swim in groups or schools (in an attempt to ward off predators), as a way to look bigger than just one fish

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Flounder — flatfish are bottom-dwellers that can change the color patterns on their skin to blend in with their environment

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Giant Japanese Spider Crab — found off the coast of Japan, this crab has the largest leg span of any arthropod reaching up to 12 feet

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Pacu — freshwater fish that are related to the piranha; pacu and piranha have similar teeth, although the difference is jaw alignments

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Seahorses — they are among the only animal species on Earth in which the male bears the unborn young; male seahorses are equipped with a brood pouch on their ventral, or front-facing, side; when mating, the female deposits her eggs into his pouch, and the male fertilizes them internally; he carries the eggs in his pouch until they hatch, then releases fully formed, miniature seahorses into the water

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Leafy Sea Dragons — marine reptiles; closely related to seahorses; males are responsible for childbearing

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Sea Nettle — commonly called jellyfish; move about by jet propulsion; some have tentacles and some are extremely venomous; jellies come in many sizes and shapes, but are more than 99% water no matter how big they are

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The Stingray Bay & other cool stuff

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1 comments left with ♥:

Lindsay Smith said...

Your pictures are great!! I can see the classes paid off!

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