A few days ago, I’ve shared with you some prettily designed information frames at the Ocean Discovery Aquarium. The post was mostly about the importance of water to sustaining biodiversity, sea grass as the unique nurseries of the sea, and communities of mangroves that breathe through their knees! There are truly a lot of amazing things in this world! All the more reason to cherish it. :)
Here are the rest of the information frames I managed to take a photo of during my short visit and look-around in the aquarium.
Marine Life Recycling Trash
“Have you ever heard the saying, ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’?
“How about one species’ trash is another species’ treasure? Sunken ships, broken old wharf pilings, rubber tires and discarded anchors can all be valuable treasures to the thousands of marine creatures that make these places their home.
“When an object is placed in the ocean, tiny microscopic creatures quickly colonize it and make themselves at home. These intrepid first settlers are soon invaded and displaced by larger organisms such as barnacles, mussels, oysters, and sponges. This new living carpet entices other more mobile animals such as crabs, shrimps, and sea stars providing them with food and shelter.
“Larger predators move in to investigate the activity and soon there is a whole new underwater community thriving on what was once a place of old junk!
“These old wooden piles [note: showcased at the aquarium] were salvaged from the docks of Subic Bay and are now home to a diverse range of fascinating sea creatures.”
Fish Fashion Protection
“The bright colors and striking patterns of marine animals are not just for show but are often vital for their survival.
“Butterfly fish and Angelfish have bold vertical stripes or “false eye” spots on their bodies to confuse predators as to which end is which.
“This often allows the fish to escape with a harmless nip to the tail while avoiding a potentially deadly bite to the head!
“Surgeonfish use bright colors to warn others to stay away from the sharp blades, near their tails, for which they are named.
“Color can also advertise a service. The cleaner wrasse uses its bold distinctive color patter to let other fishes know that it is there to clean parasites from them while avoiding being eaten by a larger fish!”
Ocean Cave Fishes
“The dark mysterious underwater cave is home to an array of weird and wonderful creatures, each specially adapted to its cryptic lifestyle.
“Schools of shy soldier fish, squirrelfish, and big-eyes hover under ledges for protection; their large eyes helping them to see in the darkness.
“Flashlight fish have special light organs under their eyes that glow in the dark allowing them to communicate with each other and feed on plankton attracted to the light.
“Peering deep into the cave, you will see a wall of waving antennae belonging to several species of lobster. This spiny shield wards off attackers allowing the lobster to retreat into their rocky lair for safety.”
Pretty But Deadly Marine Life
“Some of the oceans’ most beautiful sea creatures are also the most deadly.
“In an eat-or-be-eaten world, defensive weapons such as sharp spines, chemical toxins, and venomous stings provide protection to those who possess them.
“Fragile box Jellyfish, beautifully patterned cone shells, graceful lionfish, agile sea snakes, and well camouflaged stonefish are all capable of killing a human being with their potent venom! Others, like the moray eel and stingray, rely upon ferocious teeth and sharp spines to defend themselves.
“Although deadly, these animals are quite shy and will not attack when treated with caution and respect.”
So these 4 above, plus the other 3 in the Marine Life post, are all the informational frames I managed to take a decent photo of at the Ocean Discovery Aquarium. It’s harder for me to take photographs in dimly lit places because such conditions require special settings. I’ll share with you some tips on dim lighting photography in the future, if you’re interested. :)
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