Category Archives: Zoo/Aquarium

Videos taken at zoos and large aquariums.

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….

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Monterey Bay Aquarium – Open Sea

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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

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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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The Aquarium at the Milwaukee Zoo

I went to the Milwaukee Zoo a few months ago and shot some video of the aquarium building there.  The zoo has some nice displays, and the Lake Wisconsin exhibit is the main attraction.  This huge tank is in the center of the building and the rest of the gallery surrounds it.  You can see into the tank from all sides.  Most of the game fish and large ‘minnows’ found in the Wisconsin River system (which includes Lake Wisconsin) are in the tank, including a very cool northern pike.  Enjoy…

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San Antonio Zoo – Africa Live!

The Africa Live exhibit at the San Antonio Zoo is one of my favorite galleries to visit, because it features aquariums dedicated to most of the major (or at least famous) freshwater ecosystems that are of interest to aquarium keepers.  And those displays are LARGE.  Most zoos/aquariums have Lakes Malawi and/or Tanganyika exhibits, but most are not on the scale of what you will see at the San Antonio Zoo.  But it is the West African river display that (in my biased opinion) takes the cake!

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San Antonio Zoo’s Richard Friedrich Aquarium

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One my favorite zoos is the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium in Texas.  The city is a great place to visit, especially when it is cold up here in Wisconsin, and the sunny weather in south Texas is a great excuse for spending a day outside at the zoo.  I consider this to be a great aquarium hobbyist zoo.  There are at least three areas that display aquariums full of fish that we like to see in our home tanks.  This video will take you inside Richard Friedrich Aquarium building, opened in 1948.  Enjoy…

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NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Matthew and I attended the Raleigh A. S. Spring Workshop in February, and while we were there we were treated to a before-hours access tour to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences by Eric Hanneman, one of the museum curators and a long-time friend.  The museum is really well done, and the live displays are some of the best native USA fish aquariums you will see anywhere (props to Eric!!!).  North Carolina has one of the most diverse assemblages of freshwater fish, amphibians and reptiles in the temperate world… and this museum is dedicated to them!  Native fish enthusiasts really need to make a trip to Raleigh just to see the Piedmont stream aquarium… that tank alone is worth the price of admission!  Enjoy…

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Monterey Bay Aquarium – Shorelines

We are almost through our tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  This episodes features the Aviary and Touch Pools (on the aquarium’s map), but I have always referred to that corner of the building as the ‘Shoreline’.  This section has displays that feature different aspects of the estuaries, beaches and rocky areas around Monterey Bay.  There are also some cool fresh water displays.  I especially like the sticklebacks.  When I was editing the final cut of this video, I decided that the sound was perfect without interjecting the peaceful scenes with my voice.  Enjoy…

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Monterey Bay Aquarium – Deep and Dark

There are three galleries with large tanks at Monterey Bay Aquarium.  The kelp forest is the most well known, and the open ocean tank (which was closed for renovation while I was there) is the new shining star.  The third is the tank in the Deep Waters gallery, which shows us the deep water zone at the edge of the kelp forest.  The water is deeper and darker there, and the animals are larger and more predatory.  The bottom is rich in life forms that eek out a living on the organic matter that descends to them from the brighter kelp forests.  Overall, I think this gallery is one of the most interesting.  You will especially enjoy the ‘gimoungous’ octopus!

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