Friday, August 29, 2014

Seattle Aquarium

While in Seattle, Capt. N & I both chose a couple things to see & do. Number 1 on Capt. N's list was the Seattle Aquarium.

The aquarium sits at Pier 59 right on Puget Sound. I've walked by it a handful of times, but have never gone in. So, this was a first for both of us.

Exhibits of creatures we could see in a Puget Sound tide pool.

Moon Jelly ring
Capt. N is watching them float by beneath the floor.

I have a couple favorite animals I love to see when visiting an aquarium. The Giant Pacific Octopus is one of them.

Sixgill Shark research area
Sixgill's live right outside in the waters of Puget Sound.

Jaw bone of a Shark. Rows & rows of pointy teeth

Fish of the Pacific coral reef

Cuttlefish hatchling. It was tiny.

Lined Seahourse
My other favorite thing to see at aquariums are seahorses.

There also was a shore bird exhibit.

Young Chinook Salmon, called fry

Sea Otter munchin' on a clam

Underwater Dome
A full size view into Puget Sound

Dogfish, relative of the Sixgill Shark

Spotted Ratfish
I used to scuba dive in Puget Sound. One of my favorite creatures to spot was a Ratfish swimming along the seafloor. They are a relative of the shark.

Harbor Seal peeking out of the water.

Outside at the aquarium, looking at Elliot Bay. It was a cloudy, drizzly morning, but it cleared off to be a perfect day to wonder around Seattle.

Northern Fur Seal
Check out that fur around its neck and long whiskers. I had never seen one of these before visiting this aquarium.

Of course, the animals were fun to see. But, there was also great artwork on display. I gawked over it as much as the seahorses & fur seal.

Tube Snout by Dr. Adam P. Summers
These photographs were so vivid. Absolutely awesome!
To read more about this & other scientific photographs click here.

Dale Chihuly
Puget Sound Forms, 1987
I'm always in awe when I see Chihuly's work. It was a nice surprise to see these pieces at the aquarium.

These colorful pieces were made by elementary school kids. Loved them!!

Yep, it was worth the visit. Good choice, Capt. N.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Woodland Park Zoo

Earlier this summer, Capt. N & I spent a couple days in Seattle. A must see while we were there was the Woodland Park Zoo. We haven't gone since Capt. N was a toddler. The zoo is as fabulous as I remember.

:: African Village & Savannah ::
This is probably my favorite section of the zoo. The closest I've come to Africa is this little village. It's great.

Fringe-eared Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe & Plains Zebra
I can almost imagine we're actually in Africa.


In one of the huts we made paper from elephant poo. The paper pulp was shredded pieces of old zoo maps mixed with water. Then, they cleaned the elephant poop to get the yucky stuff out. What's left is the straw they ate, which was then added to the paper pulp. I'm not totally convinced the straw actually came from the poop. It looked awfully similar to the straw I lay in our chicken nest boxes, which hasn't gone through an elephants digestive system. But, who knows maybe elephants don't digest their food well. Either way, it was fun to make the paper.

Several skulls, including this one of a giraffe, were in the Nyika Primary School building.

 :: Atmosphere ::
Walking through the zoo is so beautiful & peaceful. It's very lush & green. It's very Pacific NW.

:: Birds ::

Southern Masked Weaver with a grub

Black-billed Magpie

Snowy Owl

Steller's Sea Eagle
I was most intrigued by this bird. I had no idea they even existed. They are similar to a Bald Eagle, but are slightly larger and live in NE Asia.

Chilean Flamingos in a tiff

Humboldt Penguin

This raptor escaped from the bird show. We watched for awhile to see if they could get it out of the tree. They never did while we were there.

:: Mammals ::
Patas Monkey, the fastest primate in the world

Orangutans, a hybrid cross between the Borneo Orangutans & the Sumatran Orangutans

Western Lowland Gorilla

Capt. N & I got a kick out of watching her. She played with her tongue for a long time. When she wasn't messing with her tongue, she was watching us.

Being king of the jungle is hard work

Lowland Anoa
They are an endangered animal living on small islands east of Borneo.

Brown Bear

Arctic Fox

Gray Wolf

This post could go on forever showcasing all the animals we enjoyed. A few that stand out that didn't make the post are the Tapir, Laughing Kookaburra, Komodo Dragon & a Southern Pudu, the world's smallest deer. This zoo has a spectacular variety of animals. If we were closer, we'd visit often.

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