March 18, 2009

Funny face

Manila Ocean Park's underwater tunnel is quite short compared to those of other oceanariums around the world. It is only 25 meters (82 feet) in length. But for Filipinos like me who will never be able to scuba dive for one reason or another, it is still a real treat. It was awesome to just stand there and watch all the fish swimming around and above you. It was the first time I saw the underside of a stingray, with its mouth and gills.

underside of a stingray

Natural or man-made, take a refreshing dip in Watery Wednesday.
Watery Wednesday

32 comments:

Olivier said...

en effet on dirait qu'elle rigole (un beau smiley). belle photo de cette raie
in effect they would say that she has fun (a smiley nice). nice photograph of this stingray

the buddhess said...

Yay! That stingray...Hoping to visit ocean park sometime.

Lily Hydrangea said...

& this provides the perfect photo opportunity too!

JM said...

They look so funny seen from below! :-)

Vogon Poet said...

It is really funny... behind a glass!
I'd like to take a few shot at the Ocean Park.

Lois said...

Hilda, you really got a good picture of him from underneath! That is fascinating!

ewok1993 said...

They make a good model; they're cute. I bet the ocean park is full to the rafters every single day.

lunarossa said...

I think it looks almost human...Definetely not as dangerous as it is. Lovely shot. Ciao. A.

JonJon said...

It's nice! Thanks for sharing. Not everyone would have the opportunity to have a closer look like this one.
Have a wonderful day!!

Jacob said...

That's a big 'un. My son caught one once (not this big) off Florida. I don't think they'll bother you but you have to be careful you don't step on one.

Of course, if you step on me, I'm going to be a little unhappy, too.

Nice shot, Hilda!

Lisa Wilson said...

Great shot! Looks like a ton of fun.

Jackie said...

That's a fantastic photo. I think rays are such weird-looking things.

Cezar and Léia said...

wow It is immense!I think I will be afraid of so near of the glass!
Great Watery Wednesday!
:-) Léia

Bergson said...

she laughs, but not me if I had to swim later

Tink *~*~* said...

I don't think I've ever seen the underside of a stingray, either. Thanks for sharing!

Happy Wednesday,
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Steffe said...

wow,looks like 25 meter is enough to get some cool shots!

marley said...

I like these underwater tunnels, they give a great view of the fish - as you show!

D said...

Okay, that's just cool! But...he looks a little sad, doesn't he? Like he's frowning? Maybe he's just concentrating.

daddyandboys said...

Nice photo! I have seen them in captivity but never photographed any.

floreta said...

cool! without your commentary i thought it was an underwater shot.

Frankie / Nick said...

Wonderfully unique!

Sunshine said...

Great shot! Am sure i would visit this place someday and see this smiling water creature. Can't you see he is smiling at you?

My entry is of Dakak, hope you can visit here - http://sunshine-photoblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/watery-wednesday-15.html

Happy WW!

USelaine said...

Rays are truly amazing in their form and movement. Great shot!

the donG said...

that can be real. as you can see they see people everyday.

Marc said...

Awesome shot of an awesome animal!

Taj_maan said...

Oh, I am reminded I should visit the beautiful creatures soon!

Ganda nyan!

mirage2g said...

I have yet to bring the family there...I heard there's a resto that serves fish there Hilda, sounds fishy to me lol...

Hubby has been scouting for that here and wants to have it at home...

-Gmirage

Mojo said...

I need to find a place like this, because I'm pretty sure me and SCUBA wouldn't mix. Plus I don't have any kind of underwater photo gear.

But this? This would be cool!

Halcyon said...

Neat! We got to swim with the rays while in Antigua - it's a very interesting experience.

PS: Your blog also gave me plenty of topics for conversation with our cruise waiter. He was from the Manilla area and I feel like I sort of know the city through your blog. :)

valeria said...

Funny face!!! IIf I'm not wrong, in Italy this fish is called "Razza".

George said...

This is great picture! Thanks for sharing this with us.

K said...

Nice shot! Rays are so graceful swimming through the water.