Aquarium again

A few more things you can find at the aquarium.

A puffin swimming underwater

I spent a little time at the puffin exhibit, trying to get a shot of one swimming underwater. The wall of the exhibit is glass, so you can see both above and under water. I’m not happy with any of the ones I got. The best picture I did get was the splash when a common murre dived underwater (below).

Scarse murre
Scarce murre
A kid coming face to face with a cuttlefish, at the “Tentacles” exhibition.
A fish, I don’t have a note of which sort. It may be an Orangespine Unicornfish, according to Google.
The rarest thing I saw at the aquarium

The rarest thing I saw at the aquarium, wasn’t fishy though. It was this guy shooting on film. Not only film, but medium format film, which was pretty rare even in the era of film. (The camera is a Mamiya C220.)


The aquarium’s other humongous tank, is the kelp tank.

Kelp tank
The kelp tank at the aquarium

That replicates the kelp forests of the Monterey Bay itself (where the aquarium is located). There’s lots of interesting stuff in the kelp tank.

A friendly bass in the kelp tank
A shark (tiger shark?) in the kelp tank.
The aquarium is also famous for otters
Bat Ray
A bat ray in the touchpool
Tiger Sharks
Tiger sharks. The tocuhpool also has tiger sharks, you can watch them through remote controlled cameras.
A bird at the Sandy Shore exhibit
You can get up close and personal to the birds, they don’t mind.

Aquarium: The deep ocean

We were in Monterey at Thanksgiving, we went to the aquarium (we’re members) a few times.

The deep ocean tank at the aquarium

One of my favorite places is the deep ocean tank. It’s a humongous tank, kept mainly in the dark. It holds the large deep ocean critters. In the photo above, they’ve turned on the bubble curtain, which helps new critters not to bang into the glass. It does obscure our view though.

Tank 2
The deep ocean tank without bubbles

Critters, like sharks, tuna, mahi mahi, and turtles.

Sunfish, looking very alien

Our favorite is the sunfish (mola), which looks like nothing on earth.

Hammerhead sharks


There’s also small shoaling fish in the tank. You can see how the shoaling behavior confuses the predators, so usually they don’t get eaten. Occasionally a small fish will separate from the shoal, and be vulnerable. Like the fish below.

I want to be a tuna
I want to be a tuna

Jet lagged

We arrived in Manchester (England), and headed straight to the hotel. Sometime later we emerged and had a little look around.

There was a pride parade jamming up the town centre today, so the chippy had run out of fish ☹️.

Manchester Town Hall
The Museum of Football

Don’t forget, “Football” in the UK is otherwise known as “Soccer”.

The “Undamaged Postbox”

We also came across this, the “Undamaged Postbox”. It was about the only thing surviving when the IRA set off a large truck bomb, which took out most of the city centre. It’s Victorian (see the “VR” monogram), and obviously very tough.


After the usual waiting around, we flew off to Manchester.

This was our plane, “Daydream Believer”. All Virgin planes have a name.

We got “Happy Socks” to keep our tootsies warm.

Mexico City

Retroblogging here, about things which we did, but I never did add to the blog. In this case, a trip to Mexico City, mainly for the Formula 1 Grand Prix. But we did have one day for general sightseeing.

See gallery here: CDMex.

Dead head
A decorated skull for the Day of the Dead parade, made popular by James Bond.