Monthly pic January 2014

Captive Pacific sea nettles (Chrysaora fuscescens). Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, 1/30, f/2.8, iso 640, handheld.
Hi everyone! I just came back from a great trip to Costa Rica, the promised land... for wildlife enthusiasts that is. I hope to show you some photos soon, but for now you have to do with a pic of these wonderful Pacific sea nettles (Chrysaora fuscescens). The bell of this particular jelly is usually around 50 cm across and the tentacles can be as long as 3 meters (10 feet). This jelly is commonly found along the Southwest coast of the US. It is considered a rather easy to keep jellyfish in public aquaria and they are definitely mesmerizing to look at.

On the way to the rich coast we had a stopover in Atlanta (US) to meet up with some friends. As aquarium buff I definitely had to check out the Georgia Aquarium, one of the largest public aquaria in the world. Pretty impressing to see whale sharks, beluga whales and manta rays, although there is controversy about keeping such large animals in captivity... no matter the biggest exhibit holds a mind blowing 24,000 m3 of water. I was very impressed with the construction and state of most exhibits though. Among my favorites where these Pacific sea nettles and the tropical Pacific coral reef exhibit. So... definitely a must whenever you find yourself in Atlanta.

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