Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Dallas World Aquarium

My love for aquariums begins here, at the Dallas World Aquarium. In the past two decades that I have been going to this aquarium, I have witnessed it transform from a small, brick building with ten or so fish tanks, to a spacious, multistory complex with a rain forest and shark tunnel. (And a delicious sea food restaurant….hehe). 

Every year I keep thinking that the aquarium is as good as it’s going to get, and every year they keep remodeling it and making it even better. Even after traveling around the globe to visit some of world-class aquariums, I still think Dallas tops them all. Sure, I have a soft spot for my hometown, but prejudice aside, this aquarium is truly a magnificent place. 


Let's begin here, at the rainforest. This toucan will be your guide :)


First we visit the majestic sloth. The sloth is so lazy, he sleeps all day and night. Once at the aquarium, there was a baby sloth who fell asleep while hanging from a branch.
On this particular day, the sloth was awake and eating....very...very...slooooowly...




This is the rainforest part of the aquarium. It is many stories  high and has multiple levels. You start from the top and work your way down...




Here are my turtle friends, happily swimming on a log in the rain forest.


Let's take a quick detour to the flamingo habitat. Check them out...




What the hell is this black-faced bird? I have no idea...



This is the elusive and shy white sloth bear. Here is he seen hiding in a little white hammock.


Here is our other friend, the jaguar. I felt kind of bad for him in the glass cage, but he seemed not to mind.



Now we make our way to the actual fish tanks, on the bottom level of the museum. Here i snapped this fantastic picture of a sea horse.







Giant clams...





All lit up like a rave...



Here is the lionfish. 




Giant sting ray...



Another type of seahorse. He blends in so well, don't you think?

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