April 22, 2010

more from Monterey Bay Aquarium


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photo by Donald Kinney

So who knew that one of the ugliest and scariest creatures in the giant three-story tank at the Monterey Bay Aquarium would turn out to be one of the friendliest? Yes, that's right folks -- next time you are considering getting a dog as a companion I suggest you consider adopting a Wolf Eel instead.

When this Wolf Eel spotted his friend the diver in the tank he came over for some pets -- it was just like the diver and the the Wolf Eel were the best of friends, which of course, they are.



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photo by Donald Kinney

I thought it wouldn't hurt anything if I showed you another shot of the incredibly beautiful Sea Nettle.

While standing in front of these creatures I couldn't resist wondering what they might be thinking about. Probably not a lot. (Wouldn't that be nice?)



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And daw-gon it, but I forgot to take note of the name of this white Jelly, but it looks like the Jellies we sometimes find washed up on our beaches around here -- they're completely transparent, except for the slightly translucent bits. A word of caution -- you wouldn't want to handle this species of Jellyfish either.



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If you've read John Stienbeck's Cannery Row, then you might remember Doc (Ed) Ricketts, whose character in the book was based largely on reality.

This was Doc Rickett's home and laboratory -- he was a marine biologist by trade and a poet at heart, but in his spare time Doc and Stienbeck (((after a few beers, I'm sure))) were fabled to have enjoyed collecting frogs on moonlit nights. The frogs they collected were worth good money -- schools were always looking for frogs to dissect.

Doc's old home and laboratory here is just a stone-throw from the Aquarium, but I'm afraid this is about the only remaining authentic bit of Cannery Row. I grew up just up the hill from Cannery Row and I'm an old fart so I can tell you that Cannery Row is nothing like it used to be -- it's pretty much oriented towards tourists these days. Great place to buy an over-priced t-shirt.


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4 comments:

Mulleh said...

Really nice pictures!
I like that house!

AphotoAday said...

HI MULLEH -- Yep, that's my type of house too... I guess Ed Ricketts was a bachelor too -- my type of guy...

Carol said...

Well now, your photos.... are breathless, it's quite obvious that you are a professional photographer, I'm sure! The Wolf Eel, that is an interesting name.

I am so glad I bumped into your blog, I will be back.. beautiful!

rootlesscosmo said...

I'm an old fart to--maybe even older? I remember Cannery Row in the late 50's, after the sardines went away and the canneries closed but before the heavy touristification--the place was deserted, with the old canneries empty and slowly sagging into Monterey Bay. The hardest job I ever had was consecutive lunch and dinner shifts as a dishwasher at the Outrigger--I lasted one day and took off, figuring there had to be an easier way to make a living. (There was.)

 
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