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Aquariums Tennessee USA

Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tennessee (Part II)

Penguin swimming

The first part of this multi-part posting of my visit to the Tennessee Aquarium focused on the orchids and butterflies exhibits and a few of stingrays on exhibit. This Part II highlights the reefs and the jelly fish displays. The jelly fish are a bit tough to photograph because they are in constant motion but I was surprised by the number of different varieties that the Tennessee Aquarium had on display and the amount of aquarium space that they had allocated to displaying these interesting creatures. Part III covers the “River Journey” building.

Coral Reef - Tennessee Aquarium

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Florida USA

Cycling in Florida – Ponce Inlet

Started the day out with a trip to Ponce Inlet which is about 10 miles south of Daytona Beach. Attractions of Ponce Inlet include Florida’s tallest lighthouse and a long jetty stretching out into the Atlantic Ocean and a number of boardwalks and trails as well as a Marine Science Center.

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Aquariums British Columbia Canada Explorer

Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, B.C.

Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, B.C.

Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, B.C.

I had traveled to Vancouver to visit my brother and had hoped that Vancouver weather, being generally warmer than the rest of the country, would give me a bit of an extension on the season, with respect to photographing my favourite wildlife subjects. As is evident from my other blog entries for this Vancouver trip, I found lots to photograph but it wasn’t pretty butterflies. When my brother asked me where we should go today, I suggested the Vancouver Aquarium where I could photograph in slightly warmer, drier surroundings. It had been a number of years since either of us had been to the Vancouver Aquarium so we agreed that that would be our destination of the day and off we went.
Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, B.C. Porpoise in air

The Vancouver Aquarium is located on the edge of Stanley Park in a beautiful setting surrounded by towering Douglas Fir. It has an indoor portion as well as outdoor areas where dolphins fly through the air and put on quite a display for the visiting public. With plenty of seals and walruses and a Beluga Whale tank, it would have been easy to spend most of our time just looking at the outdoor exhibits.

Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, B.C

Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, B.C

Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, B.C

Inside the main building there are vibrant displays of colour in the Marine tanks and a large assortment of creatures in the freshwater aquariums. Jelly fish intrigue me and they certainly had lots of jelly fish to look at.
Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, B.C

Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, B.C

Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, B.C

Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, B.C

Seeing a large display of starfish brought memories of a long ago visit to the Tofino beach area on the west coast of Vancouver Island And the indoor reef displays were excellent.
Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, B.C

Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, B.C

Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, B.C

Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, B.C

After I spent a bit of time photographing the coral reef displays we headed back outside to wander around Stanley Park.