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the florida aquarium in tampa, fl (lots of pics)

Discussion in 'Zoo Trips (Man Made Habitats)' started by xgrafcorex, Nov 26, 2006.

  1. xgrafcorex

    xgrafcorex Thread Killer Old Timer

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    went with my parents and brother while i was visiting them for thanksgiving last week. took a lot of pics, here are a bunch of them. i thought it was strange they had a snake there. unfortunately, they only had one. :( forgive my lack of knowledge of the scientific names..and even in some cases, common names.

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    their lonely rat snake
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    sign below rat snake enclosure...last i knew, Elaphe guttata guttata was a corn snake...just like in the picture :}
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    florida red bellied turtle
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    yellow crowned night heron
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    gators
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    snapping turtle
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    otters
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    florida box turtle
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    yellow crowned night heron
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    lazy turtles
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    "glass fish"
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    early aquarium
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    flounder
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    barracuda
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    sting ray
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    bonnet shark
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    ? rock fish?
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    "goliath grouper" said to weigh up to 1000 pounds
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    horseshoe crab
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    i'll have to see if my brother remembers what this was from..but it is a magnified view of a tongue
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    statue outside
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    one of my favorites, moray eels
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    nurse shark?
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    jellyfish
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    couldn't get any good shots of sharks in the bigger tank, there was a large crowd and a presenter with a REALLY annoying voice..this is the best i could get during the time i could stand the narrator. bull shark??
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    more eels...zebra, snowflake, and one dragon
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    dragon moray
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    lionfish
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    Last edited: Nov 27, 2006
  2. funnylori

    funnylori Arachnobaron

    :worship: WOW! Applause to your aquaria photography skills! It is so difficult for me to get pictures worth keeping when I visit the aquarium.:worship:
     
  3. skinheaddave

    skinheaddave SkorpionSkin Arachnosupporter

    Agreed! Impressive photos. If you did want to get that extra little quality out of them, you should consider getting a polarizing filter to remove the glare from the glass. That being said, your pictures without such a filter are better than many I've seen that were using the proper kit.

    What size tank were those barracuda in? Did you see any of them really move? One of the fish I would definitely love to keep -- but only if I could give them enough room to move at top speed. ;)

    Red rat snake is another common name for the corn snake. After all, what's in a common name?

    Cheers,
    Dave
     
  4. reptscue

    reptscue Arachnopeon

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    Great pictures!
    Got a correction for you... The one you labled as a blue heron and the unknown are both yellow-crowned night herons.
     
  5. xgrafcorex

    xgrafcorex Thread Killer Old Timer

    thanks everyone! this was my first time taking pics at an aquarium..but i've had practice taking pics of critters through glass at home..and i took a few of my neighbors aquarium once. i'll have to look into that polarizing filter...the glare was the worst part about taking photos there.


    nope, unfortunately just were fairly stationary. no darting around at anything.

    i'm not really sure how big the tank was, but it was very big!! kind of an odd shaped enclosure to fit the space available. a rough guess would be that the tank was 15 to 20 feet in length, the water level was about 4 feet high, and the tank was about 4 or 5 feet wide. just a guess from my memory of the enclosure heh.

    thanks reptscue, i was actually fairly busy taking pics, and didn't get around to reading each sign..and some of them i did read just didn't make it into permanent memory. :eek:
     
  6. maxident213

    maxident213 Arachnolord Old Timer

    Those are great pictures, I love the eels. :clap:
     
  7. james41777

    james41777 Arachnobaron

    very nice pictures...
    I think I've been there seven years ago!
     
  8. Sweet! I need to go there sometime. Your photos make the Oregon Coast Aquarium look like nothing.
     
  9. Lorgakor

    Lorgakor Arachnomom Staff Member

    Great pics!

    That last shark isn't a bull shark it is a Sandtiger shark. Otherwise known as Snaggletooth/Raggedtooth shark. Very common in aquariums.
     
  10. Loaf

    Loaf Arachnosquire

    Yeah, I would have to agree with everyone else, nice pics!!!!!!!!!
    You did a really good job with the aquarium shots!
     
  11. Loaf

    Loaf Arachnosquire

    Sweet! A fellow Oregonian!
     
  12. xgrafcorex

    xgrafcorex Thread Killer Old Timer

    thanks! :D yea, i wasn't sure about that shark..bull was my best guess. i wanted to spend some more time looking at the sharks..but there was just such a large crowd of people..i just took a minute to look and then kept moving.

    one of these days i'm gonna take a trip down to the miami aquarium. its probably about an hour..maybe a little farther away from my house. from the looks of it on google earth, its pretty big! i'll be sure to take pics and post them.
     
  13. Brian F.

    Brian F. Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Great pics. That snake is an Everglades ratsnake (Elaphe obsoleta rosselini?). Pretty common down there, I would imagine.
     
  14. Awesome pictures!!! :drool:

    Wish I could go to that place someday.

    And here are some IDs for some of the fish (sorry, not really good with scientific names either):

    stone fish
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    trumpet mouth
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    a puffer
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    a cowfish with a bunch of garden eels
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    you are right about the nurse shark. the pic after that is another stonefish, then a leafy seadragon (from Australia i think).
     
  15. Tleilaxu

    Tleilaxu Arachnoprince Old Timer

    I think there were several rat snakes in that cage and the one you photographed was an everglades rat snake.
     
  16. Axlrose

    Axlrose Arachnopeon

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  17. Looks nice. I have been there several times but its like $30 for a ticket right? And its all the same stuff:(
     
  18. xgrafcorex

    xgrafcorex Thread Killer Old Timer

    thanks axl.

    craig - i think it's close to 40 bucks...to be honest though, i was visiting my parents at the time and they paid so i'm not sure. :D they had some coupon(s?) which helped out a bit. i've only been once or twice, and if i have been twice..the first time was a number of years ago. so i can't really comment on it all being the same..if you recognize all that stuff then you're probably right. i'm sure every so often they have a special event or something that might bring in some new stuff to see.
     
  19. wolfpak

    wolfpak Arachnobaron Old Timer

    those are gobies and boxfish
     
  20. PhilK

    PhilK Arachnolord Old Timer

    Plenty of mis-diagnosed I.Ds but that's OK! So many Australian natives there! Weird..
     
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