The Chambered Nautilus and the Blogosphere

Chambered Nautilus restingAfter writing a post about the Waikiki Aquarium, several people left comments about things they liked about the Aquarium or things that they remembered about visiting there. I realized, after listening to you guys, that I failed in a couple of areas. So, I had to go back. And, in honor of one of my MyBlogLog.com comrades, I made sure to do a little extra on his childhood favorite, the Chambered Nautilus.

So, Webomatica, Technology and Entertainment buff, this one’s for you!

Chambered Nautilus resting quietlyWhile the star of the show was resting quietly, it was so dark, I just had to get a picture and so, I turned on my flash. In hindsight, I was a bad person — I should have not done that because this guy was visibly agitated by the flash.

Feeling very guilty, I turned off my flash and decided to show you why I felt it so important to use it in the first place. See? Okay, I spared his distant cousin the octopus by shutting off that stupid flash. While the octopus was just a few feet away, he had a sign asking people to not use the flash. The Nautilus, unfortunately, did not have a sign.

Well, what I did have in the way of pictures just wasn’t good enough to do this creature justice. So, I stole a photo or two from the video that was playing nearby.

Cambered Nautilus very much awake

While waiting for some good screen shots of this little beast, I listened to the descriptions and explanations of this truly fascinating life form. Thank you, Webomatica, for making me educate myself.

Of course photos snapped from a streaming video are not always the most clear, but I liked these anyway. Besides, the chance of me getting any better shots of these molluscs while they are up and active is slim to none.

Nautilus in focus

This above photo was a little better shot captured from the video. See?!? All you have to do is ask!

Oddly enough, the video narration about this sea creature had me comparing this new area of interest to ourselves — cephalopods and bloggers. The Chambered Nautilus was referred to as a “living fossil” that has cheated evolution. Hmmm… I like that idea. Let’s see, the nautilus has maintained its way of life, unscathed by the changes around it. This champion of nature goes to a quiet place, lives a quiet existence and reproduces while dining on small fish and crustaceans.

Shark from underneath

We bloggers adapt while still maintaining our “way of life.” We change those things we must, of course, but don’t we go to a “quiet place” and reproduce web content? Am I stretching this? It sure sounds like I am. But, while listening to that video, what sounds like a stretch now, sounded really good at the time!

Will bloggers cheat evolution? I say, “Yes!” We will adapt to the changes in our environment but our free speech and uncensored opinions will remain and reign supreme! It is important that we, like the chambered nautilus, cheat the evolution of the Internet and keep its attempts at conforming us to the mainstream at bay.

Sharks

I’m talking about off-the-wall ideas and you guys are wondering why there are sharks swimming around here.

Come on, you didn’t think I could go back there and not catch just a couple more shots of my carnivorous darlings, did you? At least a couple of shots?

Aren’t they gorgeous? Okay, I’m weird.

One more thing that I wanted to get a good picture of was this sea dragon.

SeaDragon

When they’re still they look like floating lettuce but when they swim… oh my! This would make a great picture for the cover of an Anne McCaffrey novel!

For the record, we did visit the gift shop and I have to report that there was a very nice girl who helped us look for things and the prices were not bad at all!

Gift Shop Shark

What did you expect me to take a picture of?

Talking earnestly now, it did my heart good to go back and it was fun to learn more about some of the things that I would generally ignore. Mahalo to the Waikiki Aquarium and to the University of Hawaii for taking the care and research of all of these magnificent creatures seriously, and for sharing their discoveries with us!

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Webomatica // Feb 9, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Wow this post and the photos are awesome! It really brings back memories!

    Thanks so much this really made my day of strolling through my feed reader.

  • 2 Evelyn // Feb 9, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Hooray! That was what I was hoping it would do! Sometimes leaving comments can bring you more than you thought! 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

  • 3 Bobbie // Feb 13, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Glad to hear you made it to the gift shop this time 😉

  • 4 Evelyn // Feb 13, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    I had to, Bobbie! I was even thinking of you when I did too! 🙂

  • 5 natlaquarium // Jun 24, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Great photos.

    The National Aquarium in Baltimore recently launched a new blog and, more specifically, posted a recent entry about adding another Nautilus to the Sensing exhibit.

    You can read more about it here:
    http://nationalaquarium.wordpress.com/2008/04/16/another-nautilus/

  • 6 Evelyn // Jun 24, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Thank you, National Aquarium, for sharing that with us! We never seem to tire of ocean life and stories about the sea! 🙂

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