jellyfish, audobon aquarium of the americas, louisiana.

jellyfish, audobon aquarium of the americas, louisiana. i'm kicking myself for not noting this species, but they were mesmerizing to watch. it wouldn't be a real vacation for me if i didn't stop in some aquarium or other i suppose. :) i didn't realize it at the time but this aquarium lost nearly all of their 10,000 fish because of the power loss and generator failures post-katrina. i can vouch for an amazing recovery effort!

jellyfish, audobon aquarium of the americas, louisiana. i’m kicking myself for not noting this species, but they were mesmerizing to watch. it wouldn’t be a real vacation for me if i didn’t stop in some aquarium or other. 🙂 i didn’t realize it at the time but this aquarium lost nearly all of their 10,000 fish because of the power loss and generator failures post-katrina. i can vouch for an amazing recovery effort!

american alligator, slidell, louisiana.

american alligator, slidell, louisiana. wouldn't be the bayou without these guys. since it was unseasonably cold, we didn't see too many gators out. they're cold blooded, so they tend to pile together in dens to keep warm until the water temperature rises. come april and may though, it's breeding season, and i don't think i'd want to be anywhere near a bull alligator in late spring.

american alligator, slidell, louisiana. wouldn’t be the bayou without these guys. since it was unseasonably cold, we didn’t see too many gators out. they’re cold blooded, so they tend to pile together in dens to keep warm until the water temperature rises. come april and may though, it’s breeding season, and i don’t think i’d want to be anywhere near a bull alligator in late spring.

lionfish in captivity, key west, florida.

lionfish in captivity, key west, florida, lionfish (pterois volitans) are invasive to the caribbean, and their populations are exploding without any natural predators. their spines are dangerous to humans, but they are delicious if you find them on a menu or can participate in a fishing derby. this one lives at the florida eco-discovery center, and he certainly wasn't shy.

lionfish in captivity, key west, florida, lionfish (pterois volitans) are invasive to the caribbean, and their populations are exploding without any natural predators. their spines are dangerous to humans, but they are delicious if you find them on a menu or can participate in a fishing derby. this one lives at the florida eco-discovery center, and he certainly wasn’t shy.