02 June, 2022

Fishy Goings On In Dallas

My brother, who came to be with me for my eye surgery, and I both arrived in Dallas on Saturday afternoon (night in my case) before my Monday procedure.  We had all day Sunday to play!  It was very hot with highs in the mid- 90sF (~35C), putting  indoor activities on the agenda.  We spent the morning at the Dallas World Aquarium, which also includes an indoor zoo specializing in tropical and subtropical habitats.  In fact, with the zoo portion being larger than the aquarium, the name is a little misleading.  The photos below show that there were plenty of fish and marine habitats, though!  It was crowded on a Sunday morning, but still had plenty of room for folks of all ages to take their time and enjoy the exhibits at their own pace.  






Axolotl.  These are a kind of salamander that never go beyond their aquatic juvenile phase.  They look like little dragons with their neck ruffles of gills. 
One of the coolest features was the glass people tunnel that ran along the bottom of the large cenote aquarium with sharks, rays, sawfish, stingrays, and groupers.  It was so cool to see these huge creatures swimming over and around you.
The flamingo exhibit overlooks the cenote aquarium.  You can see part of the submerged glass people tube at the center bottom of the photo.

Here is the people tube from a different angle running along the bottom edge of the photo.
Inside the tube, it is hard to see the boundary between the air and the water.  It looks like this sawfish is making a beeline for my brother!
Lots more to the zoo/aquarium, but that's it for this post; more next time.

Parasol ceiling art at the Thai diner where we ate lunch.




23 comments:

  1. I would LOVE to go to that aquarium! And those parasol's make my heart happy.

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    1. We enjoyed ourselves for hours at the aquarium. Someone had a good eye when creating the parasol ceiling.

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    1. It was fun. You would have enjoyed seeing all the fish, but alas, they were not on the menu like the fish in your photos!

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  3. That's a good brother you've got! He came to be with you for the eye surgery and accompanied you to a place where you could have some fun.

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    1. He is the best brother! It was so good of him to come help me out. We hadn't seen each other in real life for 5 years, but have family text exchanges almost daily. I am fortunate to have an amazing family.

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  4. The pictures are great. That people tunnel sounds like a good idea, least disturbance to the water folk. Now I need a parasol ceiling. Right now.

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    1. I was quite taken with the parasols. Glad you enjoyed the photos.

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  5. Very colour Wilma. That is quite an amazing place.

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  6. Great photos! That looks like a beautiful aquarium. I've read about the axolotl but I don't think I've ever seen one.

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    1. The axolotl were much bigger than I thought they would be. I think a lot of research has been done on them because they can regenerate full limbs.

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  7. That would certainly encourage me to visit Dallas if I ever had the urge to travel again! Fabulous photos, Wilma. There was an article on Belize in the Travel section of today's newspaper. I was especially struck by a description of Caye Caulker. Have you ever been there?

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the photos, Chris. Dennis and I went to Caye Caulker the first time we came to Belize in 1998. It was a sweet little place and I think has kept that vibe better than neighboring Ambergris Caye.

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  8. These photos are wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing and glad you are doing well post surgery.

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    1. Thanks, e! I have a few more photos of the birds and other non-aquatic creatures to show. Much easier to write and post and process photos when both eyes are working well.

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  9. I hope all is still well with you.

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    1. Yes, things are fine. Thank you for checking! I just needed to take a step back from blogging and such for my mental health. Hope you and Lukas are doing well.

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  10. Wilma- I, too, was worried about you. I miss you!

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    1. Thanks for checking in, Mary. I am still taking a break from writing new blog posts and leaving comments on blogs. But I am enjoying reading blogs. Things are fine - lots of good things are going on (sea turtles nesting on our beach!) but I just don't feel like blogging right now. I hope to get the urge again soon, but am not going to force myself.

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  11. Glad you are fine and just taking a break, Wilma. I have been checking periodically and hope you will return to blogging soon as your photos are always a delight!

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  12. Well, I just e-mailed you before I thought of coming in here, doh! And I find you're fine, just taking a break. So much for my disasterizing! Very glad you're fine. I miss you.

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  13. Hi Wilma, just checking in like the others above. Hope you're enjoying your blog break. Glad to see you're OK! :)

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