The Mote Aquarium has a whole building devoted to Manatees and Sea Turtles.
Wild and Crazy Colors
Mantis Shrimp are one of the strongest marine critters and also one of the most colorful.
What Cha Doin'?
This Terrapin Turtle would come right over whenever someone got close to the glass.
He didn't seem particularly aggressive or upset by the camera. He very slowly opened his mouth very wide.
Pfeffer's flamboyant cuttlefish
I spent lots of time at this tank. There were about a dozen cuttlefish in the tank and they were moving around. I just love the colors and think they have the perfect name.
This cuttlefish was right underneath one of the aquarium lights. It really shows off the colors.
These guys were fun to watch and they seemed very interested in the camera. I wonder if they could see their reflections?
Blue on Blue
The White spotted jellyfish comes in different shades of blue with some a really bright blue like this one. I love the choice of blue and green marbles for the bottom of the aquarium.
This lovely fish was in this tank all by it's self. One of the volunteers was explaining to us that they will attack and eat almost any other critter if they put them in the tank together.
There were two of these spiny lobsters in this tank. I don't know if it was the type of light but the colors were spectacular.
The lighting in this reef exhibit was designed to show off the bright colors of the inhabitants. It certainly works with this Spiny Lobster!
I'm not sure what kind of fish this is. I guess I should go back to Sarasota to find out.
This tank was full of Cichlids that were yellow and purple. It was fun, and a bit challenging, to get one of them in focus. They moved fast and shooting through glass doens't always make for clear pictures.
Big Eyes, Little Fis
This is a fish that lives in dark places, as you can tell by the eyes. I love the lighting in the Mote Aquarium. I was able to wait until the fish moved under the light for it to be backlit like this.
It might be the lighing, no it is the lighting, the animals in the tanks were very colorful. The water is very clear and the light source is close. These factors help bring out the colors to our eyes.
Young Pelican Pair
When you visit the Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium you can also pay to take the Sea Life Encounter Cruise. It was reasonably priced and there are so many creatures you won't see if you're not on the water. We pasted a rookery that had a few nests with young pelicans. You can just see their wing feathers starting to come in.
I don't know the name of this fish, I usually take pictures of the signs. I love the pattern though.
This tank was set in a dark cabinet. These fish are yellow and purple cichlids. I like that it looks like it's floating.
This anemone and coral were in the corner of a reef exhibit so it was a bit darker than most of the tank. The colors are so bright and I love the different textures.
Can I Have Your Attention?
The first time I walked through the aquarium this eel was tucked up between the rocks. I was happy to it out when I came by the second time and really happy with this shot.