Shark porn and equal rights! (Day 26 - June 10, 2010)

Date
June 16, 2010
Location
Australia, Victoria, Melbourne
Category
Adventures
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My trip to the Melbourne Aquarium started out a little more unusual than I anticipated when, I came across an equal rights rally on Federation Square. I figured it wouldn't hurt to take a quick peek, make a short video about that and then be on my merry way. Of course the rally people had a completely different idea, they decided to do a march and stand still of 10- 15 minutes in the middle of a very busy intersection, blocking traffic, both cars and trams.

My tram was obviously caught in all the excitement and went nowhere fast. I wasn't yet in the tram at the moment, so I merely waited, powerless at the tram stop, hoping my tram would ever move again. Eventually it did, the rally walked further down the street and I managed to catch the tram. Pretty shitty deal for Yarra Trams though, who are currently flaunting with their amazing on-time records with ads. I don't think this is a day for the books.

In all fairness, it does seem like a cuddle fish would just clamp onto your face if you ever tried to cuddle with it. It strikes me as being more cunning than an octopus or anything else with tentacles. I think that just makes them a little more awesome than they already were.

The Melbourne Aquarium was the main show of day 26 and thus this entry will cover it. Perhaps a little late, 6 days late but, you shouldn't complain, I've obviously been way to busy doing other awesome things. Other awesome things involve drinking, dancing and footy but, that's all for the next entry and next video. Oh and how about that, this is the first entry that comes with a video right away! Aren't you lucky?

Keep in mind, I've never visited Sea World or anything fancy like that, so I'm easily impressed by aquatic creatures because I've seen quite little up close and for real, up to now. So...yes, it was pretty wicked, to sum it up.

The lighting was pretty dim in several parts of the aquarium, which you could expect in relation to the natural habitat of most creatures being kept. It made for some lesser quality photos and grainy parts in the video. Regardless, it was still pretty awesome to see everything with my own two eyes, sorry I can't share all of that with you. You'll just have to come to Melbourne yourself.

Though jelly fish are generally awesome, they are not quite interesting to look at for more than a minute or so. It's all very pretty and impressive the first 60 seconds but, it gets boring pretty fast. They are far more awesome on concept and spirit than in reality, which makes my jelly fish aquarium (with fake jellies) at home, extra awesome.

It is perhaps a little difficult to see but at 7m40s in the video there are two divers in the tank; they are feeding the sting rays. Unfortunately the rest of the fish don't really know the difference between their food and other food so, the divers get swamped instantly. One of the more annoying intruders turned out to be the turtles because they easily mistake anything near the diver for food and just chomp randomly in their direction. This causes them to often bite down on the food bucket, random fish and occasionally even the divers extremities.

Alright, I think this was it for now. There will be another entry very soon, following with another video, which I've already edited, it just needs to be uploaded.

Love ya!

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  • Rally people. Fight the power! And.. stuff like that...
  • OMG CUDDLE FISH!
  • OMG MORE CUDDLE FISH!
  • It wasn't a wall... it was a wall LOBSTAH!
  • Nobody panic! I found him!
  • View of the Yarra river, from the Melbourne Aquarium.
  • More view of the Yarra river, from the Melbourne Aquarium.
  • Evil lobster
  • Oh hi there, so nice of you to visit, not a lot of people visit my tank, it gets pretty lonely in here you know, it's just that I haven't had anyone to talk to in a long while, I guess you could say that I'm not a very popular attraction here, eventhough
  • One pretentious looking fish. It's the kind of fish I expect Frasier Crane to have.
  • Riiiibbiit!
  • Turtle!
  • Can I can some food here?
  • HOOGA! HOOGA!
  • I'm hiding.
  • It's a monster, kill it! Nah, it's nice, it just needs some love.
  • Oh my fuck, they're multiplying!
  • Cue whale songs!
  • Blurry Jelly Fish: A defence mechanism that blurs all your pictures.
  • "Cassiopea, also called 'Upside Down Jellyfish', because it lies on its back. In this position it resembles a sea anemone. Sometimes it's picked up by a crab and carried on its back. The crab uses the jellyfish to defend itself against predators."
  • Blob jelly - not the scientific name.
  • Jelly fish screen saver
  • Cuddle sharks!
  • Swim in your own damn poo!
  • String ray
  • Penguins. Smile and wave, boys.
  • Swimming penguins
  • Expert blubber user
  • Awwwwww, penguins
  • I shall consume your soul. Approach the glass!
  • Reporting for duty, mate!
  • Very, very tiny turtles
  • Some fish and a string ray.

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