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2009/07/03 Sydney Aquarium

Posted on August 22, 2010 by daviding

On a family vacation, there’s somewhat less irony in following lunch at a fish market to watching fish in an aquarium.  We rode the bus back to the city centre and walked west towards the harbour.

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Looking south from the pedestrian bridge, the proximity of the Sydney Aquarium to the elevated roadway underscores the increased value of the real estate by the harbour.

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At the Sydney Aquarium, entry for the family was through the shark’s jaws.

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Like many aquariums, there are displays behind glass, like the Eastern Water Dragon.

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Less common in aquariums is the tunnel in the oceanarium.  We took a long ramp down, leading to areas below harbour level.  It’s cool and placid down there.  We waited a few moments, and a shark swam overhead.

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Looking straight up, a ray flapped by.

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The silhouette of a hammerhead shark are distinctive.

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I was not familiar with the dugongs that are featured in the aquarium.

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Back upstairs, the dugongs merit a significant educational display.

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Dinner was being prepared for the dugongs.

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Their diet seems clearly specified.

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Looking into the tank, the tunnels below were visible.

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Our group got scattered all over the aquarium.  I managed to catch up to a few at the tidepool.

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Before moving on, we stopped for a snack.  We had been carrying around some oranges that we had bought earlier on the day.  The six of us mostly finished the bag.

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Outside the aquarium, looking southwest, the monorail bridge crosses over the harbour.

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Water taxis are at the harbour’s edge.  We wouldn’t be on the water other than the bigger ferries across the harbour.

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Looking eastward from the harbour, the towers of the city centre are nearby.

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Our first full day in Sydney, and we were still doing relatively well … considering the jet lag.

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