Downtown Aquarium

Located right in downtown Houston, the Aquarium has a nice exhibit of fish as well as some reptiles/amphibians and, for some odd reason, white tigers. I had a great time here.

Some photos.

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The Aquarium

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Inside the Aquarium

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A Large-Mouth Bass examines me

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Tiger Salamander. Is that not the most adorable little face ever?

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Three-Stripe Damselfish. Just a few inches long, but these pugnacious little dudes will drive even much larger fish away from their hidey-hole.

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Yellow and Blueback Fusilier Fish

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Blue Poison Dart Frog. The photo does not catch the intensity of the blue color—it’s like they carry little batteries around with them.

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Arowana. A very large prehistoric-looking fish.

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An immense Reticulated Python—she must be somewhere around 17-18 feet. A snake-keeper secret: since Retics are famous for being grouchy and since nobody wants to have to move a big snake like this, that slot in the floor is for sliding a clear piece of plexiglas in to shut the snake into one side of the cage while the keepers are cleaning the other side.

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Upside-Down jellyfish. They have symbiotic algae living in their tentacles to manufacture food.

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Blind Cave Fish. Since they live in the dark, their eyes have become covered over by scales and no longer function.

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Seahorse. In Seahorses, it is the male who carries the eggs around in a pouch on his belly until they hatch.

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California King Snake, with an unusual color pattern. King snakes feed mostly on other snakes, especially rattlesnakes.

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Archer Fish. They hunt insect prey at the water’s edge, shooting jets of water droplets to knock it off leaves and into the water.

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Wolf Eel. Not really an eel.

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A Giant Clam looking at me. Yes, that blue dot in there is one of its eyes.

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Stingray touch tank. That’s a Cownose Ray.

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Beats me why they have white Tigers in an Aquarium, but there you go….

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Downtown Aquarium

  1. Since I enjoy aquariums, don’t know how I missed this in Houston. But I too question the white tigers being there. I bet there’s an interesting story behind that. Check it out in your spare time.

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