For D.'s recent birthday we spent a special day in San Francisco at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, noted for its recent make-over including the 100,000-gallon Northern California Coast tank in the Academy's Steinhart Aquarium. Here are some of the pics I took.
The Northern California Coast tank replicates the habitats of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, off the coast of San Francisco.
A fish and some urchins.
Sand dollars are constantly engaged in the arduous task of staying put in turbulent waters.
In a dream-like scene, sea anemones wave their venomous tentacles in the ocean currents looking for food.
A 165-pound giant sea bass cruises around in its tank. These fish can live to be 100 years old and are critically endangered because of overfishing.
I don't have a lot of pics from this exhibit because of the thick distorting glass, low lighting and constant movement of the creatures -- many colorful blurs but few usable images. So here are a few videos instead (with noisy audio due to a very crowded, child-filled museum).
A sea anemone.
Fish swimming about.
Sea urchins and fish.
More pics are on the way, so watch this space!
Snakes and Lizards here.
Coral Reef here.
African Hall here.