Long Beach (CA) 2019 — Aquarium of the Pacific Part 2

This is the second post about our visit to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA. The first post is HERE.

The day was January 2, 2019, and as is my wont, I spent more time concentrating on snapping photos and shooting a few videos than getting the names of the denizens I saw. For that matter, while I snapped a few display signages, for various reasons, they often weren’t in order. The reasons were thus: 1) I thought it wouldn’t be four years between the time I shot the photos and when I would share them, so I figured I would remember which signage went with which display, and 2) due to the number of people milling about, it was more expedient to snap photos of signages and displays when the opportunity presented itself.

As mentioned before, the above link has a lot of information about the place, the exhibits, and lots of photos. Photos that are better than mine, so, if interested, that might be the better plan of action . . . or you can proceed with reading what I have to say about it and looking at the photos and videos I took.

For them who know her, Melisa is in this photo.

If you’re in the area, let me suggest you make the time to visit the place. Some neat stuff to be seen.

A quick word . . . the gallery has 68 entries (a mix of P900 and Note 8 photos and videos). The videos won’t play well with the slideshow at the end of the post, so if you want to watch them in SmugMug rather than here, go to the gallery and manually choose them to play.

Let me explain about the photos . . . handheld with either the Note 8 or P900 and trying to shoot through throngs of people with kids. I processed them as best as I could, but the P900 is not a low-light camera (neither was the Note 8 if hand-held). None of the photos are worth pixel-peeping, but if you so desire, SmugMug is where you can do that.

Two short videos stiched together.

Aside from the fish, the aquarium has displays of arctic birds (above), other birds, and otters. There may be more, but you can read about all they have on their website.

As before, some of the videos have their soundtrack removed because of the excessive ambient noise.

There’s also an amphibian display . . .

I don’t remember the exact species, but it seemed interested in me and my camera equipment . . .

There are a few more photos in the gallery, but here’s a video of the tyke.

This next frog is poisonous for sure . . . at least to dogs.

. . . it looks friendly enough . . .

This next subject is difficult to see, but it’s a salamander . . . I think.

These next photos almost don’t look real . . . but they are.

These were in a shallow tank, and I photographed them both from the side and from above. I’ll only share a few of the photos here, but, again, more in the gallery.

You can see the edge of the water and how shallow it is.

Here’s a short video of that thank.

Two short clips joined. I removed the sound from the second clip.

Here are a few more shots, including some of the starfish against the side of the tank.

From the video, you can see some movement in the water, but some of these organisms rely on water movement to carry food past them . . . so, look at this photo. . .

. . . then look at this photo . . .

The second photo is in a tank that has wave action.

Warning: if you’re prone to motion sickness, it might be best to skip this next video.

Again, two clips joined, and the sound on the second clip was muted.

The reefs are certainly colorful, and I can understand why snorkelers and divers like to visit them.

It’s too bad so many reefs are dying off due to increased temperatures and pollution. Of course, sitting on land for 99.99% of my life, I don’t see it, but just knowing about it makes me a tad sad.

Next, a display that, for some reason, was popular with the kids (and adults) . . .

Different tanks represented different depths, and some had things in there that looked man-made as opposed to actual organisms. I mean, they represented stuff that’s real in the ocean, but here it seemed more like artificial decorations you might find in . . . duh! . . . an aquarium.

Then again, some of that stuff might be real. Hard to tell because, to me, they’re all lifeforms I’m unfamiliar with.

And, truthfully, even the ones that I knew were real seemed alien.

For instance, stuff that glows in the dark . . .

Although, for some of those, I wasn’t sure if it was true bioluminescence or an effect of the lighting (like a black light effect).

Still, they said “glowing”, so I take them at their word.

As previously mentioned, I’m not adding as much information to identify the organisms as I might typically do because 1) interested parties can easily find any information they require, 2) I know few people actually follow links I provide, and finally, 3) I’m saddled with more stuff than usual and don’t have the time to chase down the information and link it here.

Still, I think I have enough to satisfy most people.

Anyway, that’s it for this post. The full gallery is HERE, and the slideshow is below.

Slideshow for the Long Beach 2019 – The Aquarium of the Pacific Part 2 Gallery — 69 photos and videos

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