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.
The Jellyfish Gallery at Monterey Bay Aquarium has been recently updated, and I happened to be there just after it reopened. A part of that renovation is the large Outer Bay aquarium (which holds tuna, other large pelagic fish and was at one time the home to a great white shark), but that tank had not reopened yet. I have something to look forward to on my next visit!
The aquarium also features a couple temporary exhibits, and one of them is the Secret Lives of Seahorses. This gallery has been open for quite a while, and the curators have been making great strides in the breeding and raising of seahorses. While I was there one of the weedy sea dragon males was carrying eggs. Hopefully the staff will be successful in rearing the fry once they are born.
This video is a little different than most of the tours I have posted. I decided to forgo commentary and let the visual tell it all. Enjoy.
This clip from the Minnesota zoo shows a large aquarium with both leafy and weedy sea dragons. I have not seen a tank with both species together before. The leafy dragons were so active that I did not notice the weedy dragons right away. Photographers note… there are no rules at the Minnesota Zoo limiting the use of flash photography. Unfortunately the tank is acrylic, so shooting is not easy to do without a slave or remote flash. My favorite part of this video is when three leafy dragons group together.