Sunday, November 16, 2014
Texas State Aquarium
I touched a shark and I liked it...in one of the touch tanks at Texas State Aquarium, that is. I'd always heard they had rough, sandpaper-like skin, but not this one. He was about a foot long with soft, smooth skin that he seemed to enjoy having rubbed because he kept swimming past for more. When the sharks tired of our attention, they simply retreated to areas of the tank that were out of reach.
I have mixed feelings about animals held in captivity. The aquarium does seem to have a focus on education, conservation and rescue of injured animals, but it saddens me to see them in cages, so I'm only posting one pic of a captive animal. Yes, I think he might be missing a limb.
The House Sparrows thought the outdoor displays were created as birdbaths just for them.
In addition to the aquarium, the birding trail map gives directions to the Nueces Bay Causeway. That is where I found the Herring Gull. His size makes him unmistakable. He dwarfs the Laughing Gull.
It wasn't until I uploaded the photos of the Willet that I noticed he tossed a shell. To help crack it open?
Is that the creature he pulled from the shell?
I'm linking up this week with Camera Critters.
Midday, 80's, Partly Cloudy
Species Identified (11): House Sparrow, Brown Pelican, Laughing Gull, Forster's Tern, Great-tailed Grackle, Herring Gull, Ruddy Turnstone, Willet, Rock Pigeon, Snowy Egret, Great Egret