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posted by davek on Apr 30

The Leafy Seadragon is one of the more unusual exhibits at the Waikiki Aquarium. It is part of the Syngnathidae family that includes seadragons, pipefish and seahorses.  It is found only in the chilly Southern Australian and Tasmanian waters.  They have distinctive tubular jaws that open rapidly to suck in prey. They incubate their eggs on their bodies holding clutches of eggs between modified fins. Like seahorses it is the males that brood the eggs after receiving them from the females. It is very challenging to maintain this exhibit. The seadragons are fed live mysis shrimp by hand 2-4 times a day.

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posted by davek on Apr 29

Jellyfish have always been one of my favorite exhibits at aquariums. There is the moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) at the Waikiki Aquarium. I could watch them float through this amazing dark light tank all afternoon. Something about their movement is so mesmerizing  and relaxing.  Of course a photo doesn’t do it justice but I snapped a whole bunch and present the best one as my photo of the day.

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posted by davek on Apr 28

Sometimes you can wait forever for just the right shot.. other times a Dragon Moray Eel will just pop his head out right when you are there and decide to open his mouth for the perfect photo.  The Dragon Moray (also known as the leopard moray) is widespread throughout the Indo-Pacific oceans including Hawaii. They inhabit coral and rocky reefs and can grow up to 92cm.

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