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Seattle Aquarium Visit, Sept. 2012

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By Cat Viglienzoni — November 11, 2012

So I went to Seattle on my vacation back in September… and I’m just getting around to uploading/editing together all the pictures into something I can share with other people in a reasonable, less time-consuming way than my poor family had to sit through at home.

My first stop, being me, was naturally the Seattle Aquarium. It was probably my second favorite aquarium (Monterey Bay is still far and away the best I’ve ever been to — though Seattle had a more extensive touch tank).

It was one of those times I wished I had an HD station camera with me, because all the creatures are so beautiful and colorful and downright impressive that I knew my old camera wasn’t going to do them any justice. But, being a journalist, I tried anyway.

I edited together a slideshow compilation of some pictures (it was an excuse to practice with the editing software tricks anyway):

But I also took some video, though I preface all these videos by pointing out that the camera I used was mostly meant for still photos AND is probably 6-8 years old. So the quality isn’t great, but they’re still interesting I think.

Especially the octopus… and check out how impressive the camouflage is (even if it’s not quite as impressive as this one)!

But even cooler than that was the octopus feeding. The octopus is actually strong enough, they found out, to yank the person feeding it down if they don’t let go of the stick when the octopus pulls it. That didn’t happen here, but the woman told us they’d done a “strength test” to find out.

When the octopus ballooned up before grabbing the fish — that’s called mantling. It does it to make itself look bigger.

Some other crazy facts… a 90-lb. octopus can fit through a 3-inch hole. The only thing that it needs room to fit through is its beak. The rest is basically able to mold through whatever it needs to. Such sneaky creatures! Also, octopi have facial recognition — they can recognize different people.

But if the slimy, super-smart, and suckery doesn’t really do it for you… how about a river otter being absolutely adorable?

That was one happy-looking otter.

Again, sorry that the camera didn’t capture all of them in full glory, but I had to work with what I have. One of these days, I’ll get a smartphone…

Stay tuned for more Seattle vacation blog posts… whenever I get around to cataloging the other two days of travels!

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Written by Cat Viglienzoni

November 11, 2012 at 10:39 AM

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