We had some of the coldest weather in Cincinnati in the last twenty years this last week. We decided that it was a good opportunity to use our membership to the Newport Aquarium. It seemed warm, and we were ready to get out of the house. It was also surprisingly uncrowded.
We saw plenty of things we’ve seen before, such as the Port Jackson shark pups.
I had never noticed little beach skippers clinging to the rocks in the wave tank.
The woebegone is a bottom-dwelling shark. They camouflage nicely with the bottom of the sea, aided by their beards.
My daughter decided to follow my lead in taking photos. That was fun, though I think we might want to try an environment that is less difficult to shoot in (like a zoo on a bright day).
In that pic, she was photographing lionfish. In Atlantic waters, they are an invasive species–a bounty in on their head, as they are devastating native species and have no predators. On Follow Fridays, I recommend a number of conservation groups to follow on Twitter. One stands out: KilltheLionfish.
An albino crawfish looked a bit nervous–it must have sensed I had just come from Louisiana.
On the other hand, sporting green, gold, and purple, the eyelash viper appeared ready for Mardi Gras.
The gila monster’s enclosure looked warm. I was tempted to climb in (it was around 4° outside when we got there), but they are more known for being venomous than cuddly. However, their saliva is being used in exenatide, a drug used to treat diabetes.
The spectacled caiman propped himself up in the most amusing way.
It seemed to be common among the alligatorids, as Snowball, an albino alligator was similarly posed.
The orinoco crocodile was more relaxed.
We watched the penguins for a while. A pair seems to have a nest.
A pair of sharkrays were practicing moves that seemed to be inspired by the Thunderbirds.
The Newport Aquarium is known for their collection of this species.
Sea turtles seem to fly through the water.
It was a good day to spend at the aquarium. With the colder temperatures, we were some of the few guests, so we could take our time. We had a great time.