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May 2012

The Dallas World Aquarium

By: emasis | Tags: dwa | Comments: 0

We visited the Dallas World Aquarium in 'West End', Dallas on September 2004 for the very first time, and took a bunch of pictures. My son and I had a great time that day. We got there at 10am Saturday morning as they were opening. The entrance has been moved to the rear corner of the building, away from the parking lot.  I was amazed by the serpentine line we had to navigate, but it puts you up at Level 2 as you enter the facility.

These anemones are such unusual colors that they look fake.  They in in 55F degree saltwater water.

Here are some great angels, but a guy stuck his head in the way as I shot this with a flash. (His hair is rockwork now.)

The carpet anemone is huge, with these two fearless tangs holding their stance. The Naso is easily 7" long.

This was an unexpected surprise. Seeing a diver in the tank cleaning the glass for 15 minutes was interesting. The Carpet anemone closed up some, but didn't seem distressed. The Gigas Clam to the right never twitched to her presence, but all the fish were off in the rockwork. The suction cup allowed her to control her body's placement well enough.

A gravel-vac made its appearance, and we could see a clear bowl at the surface used as an observational tool during the process.

The new shark exhibit is unique, as are a number of specialized tanks such as the Conch tank. The shark tank has a tunnel going through it for you to observe the eight (est.) sharks that circle in the 300,000g of water. Salinity is 1.023, btw.

There is plenty of other wildlife in this place, including penguins from Australia and Africa, two different Jaguars (9 yr old all black; 9 month old spotted), monkeys, toucans, flamingos, crocodiles and more.

Sadly, the stingray died. Apparently, its ovaries ruptured. It was 13 years old. Also, I learned that one of the sharks in the new exhibit was kept at Sea World (San Antonio) for a year before it was shipped to the DWA. Livestock is shipped in refrigerated tanker trucks that provide oxygen during transport. Water temperatures tend to be around 73F for many marine animals at DWA.

Meeting with Paula (cleaning the tank above) and Robin (the marine biologist on site) was nice and hopefully our club can interact more with the DWA.

Here are a few pictures from the Shark exhibit.

 

These are some random shots from that day.

There is a new cylindrical tank that uses a single 1000w bulb trying to penetrate 8 or 10' of water. It was filled with featherdusters and thorny oysters from Florida. The Black-Cap basslets in that tank were lovely to see.

And here are more images from the various marine tanks.

And a bunch of Royal Grammas! (Look closely)

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