When I was younger I wanted to be a marine biologist/dolphin trainer because I absolutely loved dolphins. My very first personalized car license plate was TURSIOP, which is a truncated version of Tursiops, the Latin Genus name for Bottlenose Dolphins. Yes, I was a geek . . . 🙂
My love for dolphins and marine life continued to grow even though I didn’t become a dolphin trainer, so it’s not surprising that I love aquariums. One of our local aquariums is in Long Beach, California and opened in 1998. Just before it opened to the public I went on a special tour of the aquarium with a few colleagues because of the movie we were working on and the need to see jellyfish up close for reference. Parts of the aquarium were still under construction and many tanks were vacant but it felt like seeing an empty movie set – you knew it would eventually be filled with life and energy!
Here are a few photos of the fantastic marine life currently on display at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific.
JELLIES . . .
SEA DRAGONS (ooohh, I see a future colorway for yarn!)
A big CRAB
Beautiful POISONOUS FROGS
Various sea life
If you’re ever in Long Beach, definitely stop by the Aquarium.
OH, and in case you were wondering, the movie we needed reference for was the 1998 movie SPHERE, based on Michael Crichton’s book of the same name.