London Trip 2009: Part 8

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Second day in Birmingham. Went to Sealife with Joanne which was walking distance from her place. Since it was a weekday it was practically empty and we had the whole place to ourselves. At least before a group of school children came along.

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Map of Sealife Birmingham.

A bit too many species of sealife to see. They have fish, crabs, starfish, turtles, seahorses, stingrays, sharks, beavers, frogs, jellyfishes and other weird animals.

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A seahorse. The male seahorses actually carry the eggs until they hatch.

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Two stingrays swimming in formation.

This is one of my favorite tanks because it has stingrays in them:

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Luminous jelly fishes. These jelly fishes were illuminated with a black light from above.

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We saw some ducks on a half frozen pond swimming about. How do they stand the cold?

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This is the ocean tunnel, not unlike what most underwater world has to offer. Here you get to see 2 loggerhead sea turtles. Gigantic creatures, but amazingly graceful in the waters.

An apparently dead turtle at Sealife:

We left after going through the place twice. Watched a 4D movie and saw them feed the otters. They even managed to train them. I guess when the incentive is food, they’ll do anything for it.

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Boat restaurant on a half frozen canal.

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Not exactly frozen but I’m sure I can get from one side to the other by jumping on slabs of frozen ice.

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Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

We dropped by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery after Sealife. Museums really take up a lot of time because there are so many things to see. And winter didn’t help either because the days are greatly shortened.

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At the Birmingham Bull ring. This is where all the shopping centers and retail shops are located. You can still see piles of snow on the pavement.

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This strange building covering looks brilliant when lit up at night by spotlights. If you use Windows 7, one of the desktop backgrounds in the architecture category is a shot of this building.

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Joanne cooking dinner. Her cooking is to die for. Seriously.

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