Moon jellyfish anatomy

National Aquarium Baltimore

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is a non-profit aquarium, on the shores of the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. It was built as part of a massive urban renewal project, for turning the Inner Harbor from a pool filled with, among other things, sunken ships, and ringed by abandoned buildings, into a vibrant commercial center.

The aquarium is built on two adjacent piers, connected by an enclosed overhead walkway.

Waterfall at the entrance
Waterfall at the entrance of the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland.
USS Torsk, SS-423
USS Torsk, part of the Historic Ships fleet in Baltimore, as seen from a window in the National Aquarium. The Torsk has the distinction of sinking the last Japanese warship before the end of World War II. The submarine was heavily modified after the war and its appearance has changed substantially.
USS Constellation, sloop of war
USS Constellation, a sloop of war launched in 1854. The ship remained in active service a very long time, finally being decommissioned in 1955. Constellation is the last intact naval vessel from the American Civil War. The purple dragonship in the foreground is not considered an authentic relic.
Dolphin and purple football
A trainer at the aquarium attempts to teach a dolphin how to be an aquatic fullback using a Ravens football.
Football training II
With the purple football firmly in its mouth, the dolphin receives a somewhat confusing order to “fly.” Or possibly pretend to be a bat. Or hug the trainer. Something.
Football training III
Having recovered the football from the dolphin, the trainer suggests the dolphin consider water polo or perhaps swim sprints as a sport.
Dolphin chorus
Four dolphins entertain three trainers with an aria from “Eugene Onegin,” in the original Russian.
Dolphin basketball
One of the dolphins demonstrates a very splashy fast break with a basketball.
Dolphin tickle
Not sure, but it seems the trainer is attempting to teach the dolphin toe touches. This isn’t going to end well.
Dolphin rejects flying lessons
After a failure at toe touches, the dolphin turns away after the trainer decides to get even stranger and suggest flying around like a boy pretending to be a jet.
Dolphin dentistry
A trainer discovers that dolphins have teeth.
Sweeping dolphins off a ledge
Here a trainer whistles at a dolphin that has jumped up on a ledge.
Dolphin swept away
The trainer decides to sweep the dolphin back into the water. A bottlenose dolphin can weigh as much as 1,400 pounds, so this involves some pretty frantic sweeping.
Dolphin swept away
Finally, the dolphin gets tired of dealing with such nonsense, and pretends to be swept into the pool.
Basketball handoff
A trainer hands off a basketball to one of the dolphins. This looks to be suspiciously small for a regulation basketball.
Dolphin lift and press
Another trainer tries to move a dolphin using a lift and press. This didn’t go well.
Dolphin dentistry
A trainer looks like she is brushing the dolphin’s teeth. There are a lot of very sharp teeth.
Jellies!
Jellyfish hanging sculpture in the National Aquarium, Baltimore.
Jellies II
Jellyfish hanging sculpture in the National Aquarium, Baltimore. It is sheer coincidence that this is over the entrance to the jellyfish exhibit.
Jellies III
More jellyfish sculpture, up close. This is a great desktop picture.
Jellies IV
You can use this jellyfish sculpture photo as a high-security desktop image because you’ll never find anything again.
Jellies V
Yes, this is a fantastic sculpture.
Mother and child dolphin
A mother and child dolphin. Dolphin children spend several years with their mothers.
Mother and child take a breath of air
While dolphins can stay underwater a considerable period, they are mammals and regularly come up for air.
Well hello there
This dolphin is not being friendly, but, instead, looking at something above the waterline.
Window full of dolphins
A bunch of dolphins.
Dolphin underside
You can see the varied coloration of a dolphin, with a light gray on the bottom (making it harder to see from below) and a darker gray on the top and sides (making it harder to be seen from above or on the sides).
Real jellyfish
Yes, these are real jellyfish.
More real jellyfish
These are also real jellyfish, though they look remarkably jewel-like.
Jellyfish with tendrils
This and the next four photos make great background photos for a computer.
Jellyfish with tendrils II
Another good background photo.
Jellyfish with tendrils III
Yet another good background photo. Notice the complex, delicate, lacy structure.
Jellyfish with tendrils IV
That lacy-like structure helps the jellyfish digest food.
Jellyfish with tendrils V
Jellyfish have only a marginal consideration for “up” and “down.”
Moon jellies
Moon jellies are not from the moon.
More moon jellies
Nor do moon jellies howl at the moon.
Even more moon jellies
Technically, some of these moon jellyfish were in preceding photos.
No, the jellyfish is not glowing
The moon jelly lit up like a light bulb is actually refracting light from the pool illumination.
Moon jellyfish anatomy
Moon jellyfish anatomy bears very little resemblance to that of the larger jellyfish seen earlier.
Jellies VI
Last of the jellyfish sculpture photos. Really incredible sculpture.
Sea turtle
Large sea turtle. It would be interesting to claim that the blue streak on the side is from some space aliens, but it is actually from a ceiling light.
Three legged sea turtle
What isn’t obvious in the first photo: this sea turtle has only three legs, or flippers. It was brought to the National Aquarium because of the injury.
Whale skeleton
Hanging from the ceiling of the National Aquarium is this massive skeleton of a whale.
Golden Lion Tamarin
The golden-colored animal is allegedly a golden lion tamarin. Or possibly just some random fur in the rainforest section of the aquarium.
Multiple Golden Lion Tamarins
A whole mess of golden lion tamarins. No, it isn’t clear why an aquarium, in Baltimore, has a rainforest.
Large red bird
Someone probably knows what kind of bird this is. The National Aquarium in Baltimore “rainforest” is beneath a glass pyramid on the top floor.
Two parrots
Two parrots in the National Aquarium rainforest.
Large brown bird with big beak
Yes, it is a bird, a large bird, a brown bird, with a big beak, in the National Aquarium rainforest.
Large red bird again
Large red bird with really impressive long beak.
Long-neck turtle
Eastern long-neck turtle, from Australia, in the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
Blue poison tree frog
Blue poison tree frog. Pretty.
Two blue poison tree frogs
Also called the dart poison tree frog, as the Amazonian tribes used it to tip darts for blowguns. Poison from the frogs, not the entire frog.
Green tree python
A green tree python, from New Guinea.
Yellow tree frog
A yellow tree frog, also called the golden poison tree frog.
Albino tree frog
Albino tree frog. Like its more colorful cousins, much cuter than it really is.
Striped treefrog
Very snazzy racing stripes on this tree frog.
Two striped tree frogs
Front and back poses of the striped tree frog.
Green spotted tree frog
Another pretty, but poisonous, tree frog at the National Aquarium.
Pink and gray parrot
Pink and gray parrot, or at least a parrot-like bird.
Green and gray bird
Very green and gray bird at the National Aquarium.
Another pretty bird
It looks sort of like a Lorikeet.
Bird hiding in a crevice
Gray and yellow bird with orange spots. Ornithologists are probably cringing.
Bats at the National Aquarium
Two bats doze away under a heat lamp.

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