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


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


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


Nature’s Kaleidoscope


Regal Blue Tang • Butterflyfishes




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


Shark Lagoon


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The Stingray Bay & other cool stuff


1 comments left with ♥:

Lindsay Smith said...

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

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