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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Which Sea Creature Fascinates You Most?





What sea creature fascinates you most? Given the chance, are you willing to interact with your favorite sea creature? Please explain your answer.



Tags: Dolphin, Whale Shark, Manta Ray, Octopus, Turtle, Shark, Blue Whale, Humpback Whale, Sea Lion, Sea Otter, Killer Whale, Great White Shark, Jelly Fish, Dugong, Tiger Shark, Moray Eel, Corral Snakes, Walrus

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
Philippines
Viewpoint/Opinion

16 comments:

Roy said...

wow! do I have a lot of choices for this!

As a boy, I was always fascinated with flipper and wanted to have my own dolphin for a pet.

Watching Aquaman ride those seahorse and manta rays, makes me want to do it too.

I also like how to know how it feels inside a whale's belly like what happened to Jonah and Pinnochio

My list could go on Mel... truth to tell, lots of sea creatures fascinates me, sadly though, never had any real close encounters with them.

Bluebirdy said...

I'm like Roy. how do you choose just one in a world that has barely been touched or studied? It seems like marine biologists have just started listing all the sea creatures and learning about them.
The Sea horse always fascinated me, since i saw them for sale for 25 cents on the back of comic books as a child. I think they are graceful, they are the only creature that swim upright. I like their shape, and the male takes the eggs from the female and stays pregnant with them until he gives birth to the offspring.
The intelligence of Dolphins and Whales is quite amazing, too.
Coral is mysterious because it is not just a plant, it is a living creature that eats!
Sponges and loofas are incredible as well. Seaweed has the most nutrients of any food on earth.
Blessings,
Sheila

Mom said...

I love seahorses and stingrays, starfish, the tropical fish of coral reefs.

I've already been swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman. I've been snorkeling several times.

I went swimming with dolphins in the Southern Caribbean.

These are all very treasured experiences. I would gladly repeat them and highly recommend that others do the same.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Roy,
I appreciate your fascination with a lot of sea creatures. But of the sea creatures you mentioned, only dolphins are safe to interact with. I don't think it is ever possible to ride a manta ray just like Aquaman or survive inside the belly of a whale. The gastric juices will definitely melt you like butter. The case of Jonah was different since it was supernaturally done by God. Thanks for your visit and your wholehearted effort to share a glimpse of yourself to us. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Shiela,
I'm simply amazed at the wealth of information in your brains. You are simply amazing. Sea horses are endangered species in our country. They are being harvested, dried and sold to Chinese merchants for medicinal and aphrodisiac purposes. I did not know that seaweeds are the most nutritious food on earth. I will eat them from now on. May I introduce you to Roy. He was the one who writes regular letters to his dead wife. I hope you can visit his blog/s and try to cheer him up. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Mom,
Wow, you have quite an experience with sea creatures that others like us could only marvel at. It is very expensive to do scuba diving in our country. Only the filthy rich could do that. I only swim in shallow waters of the sea since I am not an expert swimmer so I never had a chance to interact with any sea creature. Thanks for sharing with us your wonderful experiences with sea creatures. God bless you always.

chubskulit said...

I love Dolphins and whaleshark. We swam with whalehark in our place (Donsol) during our vacation in thePhilippines. Thanks for the visitis and comments Kuya Mel.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Rose,
I was really worried when you got problems with your passport at the DFA. Thanks God that you were able to overcome that problem. That was quite a memorable experience swimming with whale sharks (butanding). They are one of the most remarkable sea creatures existing in our planet. Hope your visit to the Philippines was enjoyable in spite of your passport problem. God bless you all always.

Manang Kim said...

I can't just choose one because I am so fascinated to all of them. They all have different characteristics and forms at the same time they belong to the same species but they are unique from each other.

Shawie said...

I'm always amazed with dolphins... and given the chance? I sure would love to swim with them...
I'm a seafood lover, might be hard to eat one of them in the future, hehehe...

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Manang Kim,
Why don't you try dolphins. They are the tamest and gentlest of all sea creatures. They have even been recorded to have saved lives of people in open seas by helping them to swim or by protecting them against attacks by sharks. Dolphins have natural affinities to humans. Too bad that some people could cruelly eat them for meat. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Shawie,
Dolphins will surely fascinate you. Don't worry. Eating seafood is good for your body. We can always eat fish, mollusk and crustaceans but never dolphins, giant turtles, whales and dugongs. They are some of the gentlest sea creatures in our planet. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

ryliej said...

yup, thanks for your prayers, I was able to get through with that ordeal.

Yup, its one adventurous journey we had in the philippines. I'll be posting the whaleshark thing soon..

Pia said...

i've always wondered if there is such a thing as lockness. i've read it's not true but things like that fascinate me.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Rose,
I can't wait till you post your adventures with whale sharks in Donsol, Sorsogon. They may be National Geographic materials,hehehe, lol. Thanks again for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi sis Pia,
Actually it is called Loch Ness monster or nessy as the Brits fondly call her. It is just a legend and nobody has actually seen or documented her. Most of the photos and videos taken about her were spurious and obviously tampered or manipulated. Loch Ness is a big lake in Scotland and is famous for its so called monster. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.