[Adventures] Photographing the Fish

Updated: Sep 21, 2018

Growing up in a family of 6, I wasn't able to visit places like Aquariums much because the cost would be hundreds of dollars for my family. However, I have been able to visit the New England Aquarium lately! Between the massive turtles to the tiny seahorses, I always am fascinated with the animals here. Pictured, you can see one of the aquarium's massive eels that live in their largest exhibit - their Deep Sea Exhibit. These eels are just as vibrant as shown, you can always catch them from a mile away! They're often hidden in the corals of the exhibit (as shown) and have a white glaze over their eyes.

I was able to watch different types of penguins scream for food, and watching seals and sea lions play with each other, as well as their keepers! My favorite seal is named Ursula. She was born in 1998, and she has a grey belly. One of the best parts is touching....sea anemone! They have a touch tank, where you can touch anemone. The stinging organisms in the anemone does not have enough strength to sting humans, rather it's meant to paralyze small fish. What it feels like to a human is as if the anemone is sticking to your finger. The tentacles will wrap around your finger, as as you pull it away you can feel the anemone almost try to pull your finger back to them. One of the times I went, it was specifically to touch the anemone!

Another animal that was fascinating to touch was a small leopard shark! They are very skittish, but there was one that fortunately made his way to the front of the tank where he could be pet on the top. His other tankmates were stingrays, and other small sharks. There's a small exhibit in that room where you can see shark egg sacks - and the living sharks inside! It's such an amazing and educational aquarium that isn't too far from where I live. I was so thrilled to visit with my camera, that I kept walking towards it despite the pain in my foot. It was so worth it - this is one of my favorite pictures that I took there!

Time to put my foot up to rest it before my next adventure!!

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