Dominican Republic's National Aquarium (part 2)

This lobster was walking upside-down in its cave.
This mollusk has such colorful, delicate tentacles waving about, ready to capture any suitable food.
This variety of polyp is attached to the coral at the base of the long tube. The feather-like tentacles flow in the water current gathering plankton and very small fish to the mouth which is just inside the top of the tube. If frightened, the polyp will pull the tentacles inside the tube faster than your eyes can register the action.
The government of the country has funded turtle conservation programs. One aspect of that is the protection of baby turtles and release into the wild as adolescent turtles. The workers go to the beaches and dig up turtle eggs, incubate them, put baby turtles into a series of ponds, feed them, and as they reach a size which won't be prone to serve as food for the majority of sea creatures, they are released into the ocean. These are wild animals and not to be petted. A museum visitor almost lost a finger when she tried to pet one. They eat chunks of meat about the size of a human finger and it was a close call.

Aquarium (part 1)

The Tomb of Christopher Columbus

A cave Christopher Columbus found

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