Interesting Things to See at the California Academy of Sciences

My family and I took a long weekend trip out to San Francisco and spent a few hours visiting the California Academy of Sciences.  I have been there several times and have posted several more detailed videos.  This video is a fast-paced look at many of the cool things to see at the museum.  Enjoy.

Bermuda Aquarium

The island nation of Bermuda is surrounded by the Sargasso Sea in the western Atlantic Ocean.  There is an aquarium and zoo there, and the aquarium is dedicated to the waters around Bermuda.  I was first there several years ago, and the facility has since been totally remodeled.  This is a very nice little aquarium that is well worth a visit.  Enjoy…

Monterey Bay Aquarium – Open Sea Gallery

I am in San Jose, CA, this weekend visiting friends and giving a talk to the Pacific Coast Cichlid Association.  I made the pilgrimage to Monterey for lunch and a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  I only shot video of one gallery this time.  I have several videos of this wonderful aquarium already posted, but I cannot go to any aquarium without making at least one video.  The Open Sea gallery is unique.  There are lots of places with kelp forests, tide pools, coral reefs and rocky shores.  Monterey Bay Aquarium is the only place I have been to with big tuna!  Enjoy…

Georgia Aquarium – Ocean Voyager

The Ocean Voyager display at the Georgia Aquarium is the largest single aquarium tank at a public aquarium or zoo in the world.  Maybe there is some private aquarium out there somewhere that is larger, but it is hard to believe.  This tank has 6.3 million gallons of water and a filtration system that turns it all over in 2 hours….  TWO HOURS!!!!!  That is incredible.  And it needs a filtration system that strong.  There is a part in the video showing a protein skimmer that is literally flowing the foam.  Enjoy….

The Georgia Aquarium – Tropical Diver

The Georgia Aquarium is one of the premier public aquariums in the country… probably the world.  The tenth anniversary of the aquarium’s opening is coming up in November.  I was last there 9 years ago, just after it had opened.  My family and I were in Atlanta on our way to a family event, and built a few hours into our day to visit.  We chose to take the ‘all access backstage tour’, which is worth every dollar.  I highly encourage anyone visiting the Georgia Aquarium to do it.

This video is the first in a series from this visit, and it shows the Tropical Diver gallery, which is dedicated to tropical reefs.  The main aquarium is impressive, and even more so when you see behind (and above) the scenes.  Enjoy….

Freshwater Displays at the Steinhart Aquarium

The Steinhart is one of the famous aquariums in the USA.  It is part of the California Academy of Sciences museum in GOlden Gate Park, San Francisco.  I visit any time I am nearby.  The aquarium features many freshwater displays from small nano-aquariums to a huge Amazon River tank.  Here are a few of them…

The Smithsonian National Zoo – Amazonia

The zoo in our nation’s capital has always been one of my favorites, and the Amazonia building one of my favorite Amazon River galleries anywhere.  Matthew and I had a chance to spend 1/2 a day at the zoo on a beautiful Fall day this past October.  All the animals were out, including the male panda.  And so were the school groups….  dodging groups of screaming kids was a challenge, but we were able to beat them to Amazonia, which is a little off the beaten track in the park.  Well worth the effort hiking down to it….

Monterey Bay Aquarium – Open Sea

Over a year ago I posted a series of videos of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but when I was there the Open Sea exhibit was undergoing a major renovation.  I was able to use my iPhone to shoot some footage of the completed tank when I was in Monterey last weekend.  To be honest, I had forgotten that I had not been able to include a video of the Open Sea exhibit in the original series, and did not take my video camera to California with me.  The iPhone did a decent job, though the resolution is not as clear as I would like and the brightness is lacking.  But the aquarium is dimly lit…  Our timing of the visit was good though.  We caught one of the daily feedings!  Enjoy…

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Another Day in Monterey

I just got back from a fun weekend visiting friends at the Pacific Coast Aquarium Association in San Jose, California.  Whenever I get a chance to go to northern California I make a pilgrimage to one of my favorite places, the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  I actually did not think that we would have time this trip, so I did not take any cameras with me (shocking… I know).  Luckily I had plenty of storage space in my iPhone!  Here is a video featuring three cool animals.  Leafy sea dragons are always very photogenic.  The Pharaoh cuttlefish were only 4″ long the last time I was here, and now they are all grown up and spawning!  The new fish to me, however, were the alligator pipefish.  These I am going to have to get…  Enjoy.

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A Visit to Seattle Aquarium

I just got back from a great trip to Seattle to give a couple presentations to the Greater Seattle A. S.  Great trip!  Great club!  Thank you for the wonderful hospitality.  While I was there, some time between all the wonderful seafood meals, I was taken to the Seattle Aquarium.  Here is the video tour, enjoy!

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