The above pictured sculpture, Suspended Objects (2011) was created by artist Hassan Sharif from countless long strands made up of multi-colored yarns, fishing line, twine, trolling reels, string and wire, tied together and also wrapped around bits of plastic, foam and other found objects. It’s super colorful and reminds me of a big Jellyfish.
Suspended Objects is part of the Here and Elsewhere group show now on exhibit at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, previously discussed in this post, so click that link for more information!
During the Christmas holidays I enjoyed a relaxing and fun stay in Southern California. One of the local sites I visited for the first time is the Long Beach Aquarium, also called the The Aquarium of the Pacific. I have visited Aquariums all over the country from New Orleans to Atlanta to Seattle and I must say that the Aquarium of the Pacific is home to many exotic fish and sea creatures that I had never even seen before. So it was pretty cool and we had an awesome time. Here are some of my favorite photos of cool sea life we saw that day.
This is a massive, floor-to-ceiling tank that they have out in the Main Hall. near the entrance I think this is a freshwater tank.
This tank stocked with colorful Clown Fish had all of the little kids screaming, “Nemo! Nemo! Dory!” It was somewhat annoying, to be honest. Just giving you a head’s up.
Bioluminescent Sea Jellies
Nudibranches! My Favorite!
Leafy Sea Dragon. Amazing.
Weedy Sea Dragon
They have a pretty cool Shark Tank full of Sharks and Rays but none of the Sharks would stop moving to pose for a photo. I did get a decent shot of the Giant Ray below, which was as a big as a small car.
A garden of Worm Fish!
Pretty Pink Coral!
Aquarium of the Pacific is Located at 100 Aquarium Way (just follow the freeway signs) in Long Beach, CA 90802, Phone(562) 590-3100. Hours are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Every Day of the Year, Except Christmas Day and During the Grand Prix of Long Beach (April 19, 20 and 21, 2013). Adult Admission is $25.95 with Various Package Deals Available.
Robin Zander, lead singer for Cheap Trick was born on this day, January 23rd in 1953! In just a couple of days I’ll be seeing Cheap Trick play live here in NYC with opening band, Jellyfish! Yay! Happy Birthday Robin!
Neatorama just posted a cool link to this National Geographic news story about a rare RainbowJellyfish. According to the report, “The jellyfish does not emit its own light, as bioluminescent creatures do. Rather, its rainbow glow emanates from light reflecting off the creature’s cilia, small hair-like projections that beat simultaneously to move the jellyfish through the water.” Awesome. This actually reminds me of a scene in the Wes Anderson film, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, which I saw again last night on IFC (great film, by the way) where hundreds of “Electric Jellyfish” wash up on the beach and Zissou’s crew run out to film it.
On my last day in Atlanta, I took a trip to the Georgia Aquarium, which has been open for just one year and is the largest aquarium in the world. Seriously. Here are some of the cool sea creatures I saw on my visit.
The Beluga Whale, which is related to the Dolphin, is the only whale that can move its neck
The Aquarium has a pod of five Beluga whales. Their eyes look almost human.
They also have a bunch of whale sharks, which, obviously, are the world’s biggest sharks.
I know someone who would like to have a home aquarium filled with just Jellyfish.
Big Big Tank
We stayed in this room for about an hour just watching the fish swim by. It was so awesome.
These Giant Grouper swim up to the glass and look right at you.
The Leafy Sea Dragon is Related to the Sea Horse and Pipefish
How can you look at this thing and say there is no god?
The Weedy Sea Dragon is the Leafy Sea Dragon’s Less-Flamboyant Cousin
The Georgia Aquarium really is like a Disneyland for fish and sea mamals. I had the best time and reccommend that everyone go there when they are in Atlanta. You can make advance reservations at their website.