Friday, July 17, 2015

Gulf Specimen Marine Lab reference drop

I recently returned to a local aquarium, the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab, and I have you today a collection of images that I took of this visit. This is a great facility and I don't visit it nearly enough. An unexpected highlight of this visit was the presence of giant isopods, or sea roaches. They arrived at the aquarium the week before and a suitable tank is still being prepared. The Gulf Specimen Marine Lab also rescues and rehabilitates marine life that is hurt or sick. They currently have a number of sea turtles on display that will eventually be released back to the wild. Here is but a small selection of the animals they have on display...

Giant Isopod or Sea Roach:

Box Crab:

Hermit Crab with clear artificial shell:

Hermit Crab with sea anemone attached to the side:

The working parts of a Horseshoe Crab:

Sea Turtle:

All images © 2015 Christopher Burdett

That is all for another exciting week on the blog, see you back here on Monday! Until then...

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