Tag Archive | Nudibranch

The Aquarium of the Pacific

LB Aquarium of the Pacific Entrance
All Photos By Gail

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.

LB Aquarium Large Tank
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.

LB Aquarium Clown Fish Nemo

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.

LB Aquarium Illuminated Jellies 2

Bioluminescent Sea Jellies

LB Aquarium Nudibranches

Nudibranches! My Favorite!

LB Aquarium Leafy Sea Dragon

Leafy Sea Dragon. Amazing.

LB Aquarium Weedy Sea Dragon

Weedy Sea Dragon

LB Aquarium Sea Horses

Sea Horses!

B Aquarium Sharks Ahead Sign

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.

LB Aquarium Giant Ray

Giant Ray!

LB Aquarium Spiney Crabs

Spiney Crabs!

LB Aquarium Worm Fish

A garden of Worm Fish!

LB Aquarium Pink Coral

Pretty Pink Coral!

LB Aquarium Penguins


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.

Gail and Geoffrey’s Rad Adventure at the Museum of Sex!

Museum of Sex FOB
Photos By Geoffrey Dicker

Last Saturday the CMJ convention was just getting started, in full swing, or just winding up, depending on how desperate you are to appear hip and in-the-know. And while everyone in the city was running around in the rain, laden down with bags of tacky swag, trying to cram in as many crowded shows by over-hyped, crappy indie rock bands as possible, Geoffrey and I were learning about the sexuality of all living things at New York City’s most underrated tourist attraction, the Museum of Sex. So I ask you, who do you think had the better time? I think Geoffrey and I did. And if we got wet, it was not because of the rain.

On this particular afternoon, The Museum of Sex was actually totally packed with visitors, and from what I overheard of various lively conversations, those who came left satisfied. There are two floors and three main exhibit halls in this tiny but densely decorated museum. The first floor is dedicated to the sexuality of animals of all kinds including mammals, birds, invertebrates and insects. My favorite part of the animals’ exhibit was the picture of two nudibranchs totally doing it. Go little nudibranchs, go!

Nudibranch Sex

The second floor hosts two large galleries: one dedicated to sex machines, gender identification/transgenderism, hilarious pamphlets on the history of sex education, sexually themed cartoons and films, sex dolls, sex toys, bondage gear and sexually-inspired functional design. Wow, it was quite an eyeful. There’s also a new exhibit featuring a rather exhaustive collection of fine art photographs of all of the adult entertainment industry’s biggest stars. I enjoyed this exhibit of photographs very much, as it made these actors and actresses seem human and not just like a bunch of freaks. It took us about 90 minutes to see everything in the museum and that includes a very thorough visit. We had fun!

The Museum of Sex is located 233 5th Ave, Corner of 27th Street, in Manhattan. Admission is $15 but you can get a significant discount by purchasing your tickets through Gold Star Events Dot Com.