August 4-5, 2009
On Tuesday, we decided to do some browsing around Victoria and went to a Bug Zoo. I have a love/nervous relationship with bugs-Their fascinating and have been around for millions of years, but many of them also scare the living shit out of me. But I like testing my own limits and fears, so we went and looked at all the creepy crawlies, like the cockroach being shown here:
Of course, not all of them are freaky and some are considered quite beautiful, like these butterflies. The bottom butterfly is beyond gorgeous
Here is a tarantula. Tarantulas (unless their poisonous and/or very aggressive) don’t bother me as much as smaller spiders. It sounds weird but when I was working at a zoo similar to this one years back, I actually liked holding the Pink Toes and Chileans, they’re very docile and the pads on their feet are so delicate. I didn’t hold this guy during our stint in this zoo in Victoria though.
But I did hold this friendly little guy, I don’t remember what species he is, I was more excited to be holding him before all the little kids got to. Heheh.
And just for fun, I took a picture of this “roach house”. I don’t see a TV in there though, poor roaches, no “Maury” for you! 😉
The next day, we went whale watching and to put it as succintly as possible, it was freezing and a bit of a panic when the whales finally emerged but it was awesome! These majestic beasts are so beautiful up close!
Here is the closest picture I took before my damn camera ran out of memory and I sat and grumbled “damn camera!” while quickly trying to delete old photos. Those whales come right up to the boat to check you out.
I asked our tour guide and local marine biologist on how to help the whales and she said the usual-We need to cut down on pollution, whale hunting and garbage, but we also need to stop buying farmed salmon. Why? Because farmed salmon breeds sea mites which attack baby salmon when they pass under the farming areas, thus killing them and reducing their numbers. Which provides less food for the whales. Also, just FYI-farmed salmon is grey and has to be dyed with chemicals pink. That in itself should make you question where you buy this fish.