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.
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.
At the Sydney Aquarium, entry for the family was through the shark’s jaws.
Like many aquariums, there are displays behind glass, like the Eastern Water Dragon.
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.
Looking straight up, a ray flapped by.
The silhouette of a hammerhead shark are distinctive.
I was not familiar with the dugongs that are featured in the aquarium.
Back upstairs, the dugongs merit a significant educational display.
Dinner was being prepared for the dugongs.
Their diet seems clearly specified.
Looking into the tank, the tunnels below were visible.
Our group got scattered all over the aquarium. I managed to catch up to a few at the tidepool.
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.
Outside the aquarium, looking southwest, the monorail bridge crosses over the harbour.
Water taxis are at the harbour’s edge. We wouldn’t be on the water other than the bigger ferries across the harbour.
Looking eastward from the harbour, the towers of the city centre are nearby.
Our first full day in Sydney, and we were still doing relatively well … considering the jet lag.
daviding August 22nd, 2010
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