Tuesday, August 7, 2012

JJ and the Jellyfish

Today's post strays a bit from the botanical world, but hopefully you will find it of interest too.

Moon Jellyfish, Aurelia aurita
 The Greater Cleveland Aquarium has just opened a new exhibit that gets my "glowing" review!

 The aquarium was created within the powerhouse building for the Cleveland's old trolley system.  In one of the old smokestacks of the building, you will find this sign.  Look up!

Circling above your head, bathed in blue light are the craziest creatures you could want to see.

The circular tank is perfectly suited to these Moon Jellyfish, an aquatic species which drift along with the currents. 

 There are literally tons (of water) of displays featuring a wide assortment of sea and fresh water life. It would be hard to pick a favorite. My good friends Hugh and Judy Kolo-Rose and my daughter JJ (center) were admiring the fishes.

Wonderpus photogenicus
 But my favorite might be this octopus, the amazing Wonderpus.  
Seriously, who named it that?  Its official scientific name is Wonderpus photogenicus.  

                     Get outta here!  I just had to take a picture, because it is so "photogenic".

Great Lakes Brewery
If you visit the aquarium plan a side trip to the nearby Great Lakes Brewery, just a few blocks away.  Sitting in the outdoors cafe is like being in Charleston, S.C., only we have better beer.  This is the perfect way to end the day with a little botany:  Common Hops, Humulus lupulus.   You know, botany in liquid form...

No comments:

Post a Comment