Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

The aquarium at Okinawa, Japan, to say the least, is very interesting. While we were there, we have the opportunity of seeing not only something big but also something small and even something delicate.DSC_0206

The aquarium is huge with a clever construction so that visitors can have an unobstructed column free view of the aquarium and the fishes inside. We were awed with the close up views of the many sharks, sting rays and other fishes in the aquarium.DSC_0213

In the other parts of the aquarium, some other fishes are small, like the bright-colored coral fishes which dart around playfully around the corals and move in tandem with the currents (top picture).DSC_0204

The lion fish (picture above) there have also captured our undivided attention. They are well-known for their ornate beauty, venomous spines and unique tentacles. The spines and tentacles look delicate, fragile and could be broken up by any strong currents or sudden movements.DSC_0205

We spent a long time looking at the corals.  The coral reefs are so delicate because they are made from living creatures. The reefs are made up of  coral polyps which  are a delicate, limestone-secreting animal. The deposits are made in hundred or thousands of years protecting the softer parts.  However, coral reefs can live only in a delicate, balanced marine environment. They require lots of light and oxygen. They also need clear water, low nutrients, a steady temperature, and stable salinity.DSC_0248

They are a vital part of marine ecosystems, but they can be damaged by everything from storms, pollutants, ship anchors and careless divers to massive natural disasters. They are therefore so delicate, but having said that, this also applies to almost everything with life as life itself is delicate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

84 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

  1. Hi Michael, the colours in your photos this week are magical. The little orange fish in the first photo are clownfish and Nemo, in the animated flim “Finding Nemo” is a clownfish. They can be found amongst the coral of the Great Barrier Reef.

  2. Fantastic aquarium. I noticed the silhouettes of people being so small in comparison and said ‘WOW’. We went snorkelling in Maui last year and got to see so many beautiful fish. I loved floating along with them in the same direction as the tide ebbed and flowed. It’s so serene watching life underwater. We didn’t see the amazing coral colours though that you’ve captured here. Beautiful.

    • Hi Barbara, the sea is just fascinating. I have retired for about 1.5 years now. Apart from the travels contained in my earlier posts, many of the travels are undertaken the the last several years. I have been travelling outside HK for three times this year. Regards, Michael

  3. Didn’t even know you could get such great shots with glass between the camera and the fish! But there’s no glare. Not even an indication that you had to adjust to get these shots! Awesome!

    • Hi Rusha, you may notice that the picture with the sharks have some faint vertcal and horizontal lighter blue lines, they are from reflections, the picture was taken at a distance from the big aquarium. The other pictures were taken very close to the glass of the smaller aquariums and less susceptible to glare. The fact that the viewing room of the aquariums were very dim helps. Thanks for the comment and the continued perusal! Michael

    • The silhouette certainly makes things interesting. From this you can also see how visitors react to the sight of the sharks and as you say, give a size perspective as well. Thanks for commenting!

  4. The lion fish … I’m very fascinated by – but he are not delicate .. he are rough, mean and tough – friends of mine has one – Spider … and he eats everything that comes in his way … *smile Great shots, so difficult to take photos into aquarium – my pick here must be the second last .. because I love the intensity in all the red and blue shades.

    • A reader has told me that lion fish multiplies quickly and kills off many other sea creatures, it looks like they are not that delicate. I like the second last picture too, should have shown more similar photos. Thank you Viveka!

    • Have taken some photos today at the day clinic .. and their fishes. They are truly delicate and cute.
      Still I love the Lion Fish – it’s a stunning looking fish, but I wouldn’t even dare to feed one.

      You photos are fantastic.

    • Many clinics in HK also have an aquarium with coral fishes and corals so waiting patients can relax while waiting for their consultation. I also enjoy looking at them. I wish I had taken more photos of the lion fish, I only got one! Cheers, Michael

    • Hi tiny lessons blog, thanks so much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

    • The picture would have lost a lot of interest if there are no silhouettes at the bottom. The sudden appearance of an interesting fish near the screen usually awed the vis1tors. Thank you Frances!

  5. Hi, Michael! Is this Churaumi Aquarium?🙂 If so, I visited this same aquarium around five years ago–my god, how time flies! It’s amazing, though. I especially loved seeing the whale sharks, and, well, sharks in general. Now I want to unearth my old photos, haha!

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