Thursday, October 18, 2018


The last of our photos from the aquarium.  It was such a fun place to roam around, and I hope we get back one day.  Some I have been able to identify, others not.

A close up of the explanation.
The following fish were in a display as you enter the aquarium.  They are Brook Trout, description nearby reads: "Salvelinus fontinalis.  Size 20 inches (50 cm) - Brook Trout require clean, cold streams in order to thrive.  In Maryland there are 100 streams that support native, self-supporting populations of Brook Trout."
There were other different fish in the tank but I only took note of these as they seemed first and up-front.  In fact, when I saw the photo below after I had gotten home, it amused me that because of the people in the reflection, the fish seemed to be following them.  This is straight out of the camera and hasn't been manipulated in any way.

A message ticker of interesting information at the beginning of our walk.
This wonderful reptile is a Frilled Lizard and was in the Australian exhibit area.  If you look here you will learn that it is "found in the humid woodlands of northern Australia and parts of southern New Guinea. They spend most of their time perched in trees, perfectly camouflaged, only venturing down to the floor in search of food."
I cropped and turned the above photo sideways, so that you could get a better look.  Humble opinion of mine and you may think me a little strange, it has such pretty eyes.
More pretty things to look at, undersea 'flowers'.  I don't have the name of these but they do remind me of desert plants.
I am happy I remembered to take a photo of the ID on the fish in the next three photos.  It is called a Ripsaw Catfish.  We were in the Amazonian River exhibit.
At this website I read that "it can be found throughout many of the major river systems of northern South America.  It has been recorded from Ecuador, Columbia, Venezuela, Guyana, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil."  
Scientific name is Oxydoras niger and he can grow to 36 inches (90 cm).
Here's another but I haven't identified this fascinating fish.

Or these.
Love these photos.
This one is of a Cownose Stingray.  Interesting facts can be found on this website.
This is a
A few facts I gleaned from their webpage is that it is a native to the Xingu River Basin in Brazil, which is a tributary to the Amazon River.  It has also been seen in the Curua and Iriri rivers. It lives mostly in rocky river bottoms where it finds most of its food.  More interesting facts can be found at the above link.
Not 100 percent positive (there were several turtles to try and identify, and I didn't get a good view on many of the markings) but this may be the Giant South American River Turtle
They rarely leave the water except to lay eggs.  It is one of the largest fresh water turtles in the world.
This is the Smooth-fronted caiman (Paleosuchus trigonatus).  They grow up to 8.5 feet (2.6m). "These alligator relatives breed in water and nest on land.  To help incubate their eggs they sometimes lay them near heat-generating termite mounds." 
A close-up of its head... 
and a lighter look at its body under the water.
This is the last post from the aquarium until we can get there again.  Thank you for all the kind comments you have left in all the others I have shared, and this one too.