Friday, October 8, 2010

Camera Critters - The California Academy of Sciences Critters


Claude the albino alligator - the showstopper at the Academy. He just turned 15 years old. Happy Birthday Claude.


A closeup of Claude. He wasn't cooperating with the shutterbugs that day :)


















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22 comments:

SquirrelQueen said...

Claude is a very handsome fellow, I can see why he would be the center of attention. Even though he was being shy you got some great pics. They have quite a collection, I really like the iguana and gila monster.

eileeninmd said...

Cool critters, Happy Birthday to Claude!

Ann said...

Some very interesting critters there. Claude is quite extraordinary

RNSANE said...

Claude stays pretty white...though he could use a little bleach on the top there. There are some creepy crawly guys at the Academy. Not the most handsome of creatures - except to the ladies of the species, I guess.

Mumsy said...

Nice to meet Claude and happy birthday to him!

Wonderful photos of so many critters!

rainfield61 said...

Why the back of a penguin is black?

It is because its hands are too short to rub the back.

My son told me this joke.

Dimple said...

I love the Academy, and I would swear that it has been less than 15 years since I was there, but I don't remember Claude at all! Thanks for the introduction! I like the shot of the turtle, also.
Blessings!

Cassiopeia said...

Wow! An albino alligator. Never saw one before.

Great photos!

ladyfi said...

Wow - an albino crocodile! So rare and precious and handsome.

Kay L. Davies said...

An albino alligator, I never would have imagined one, although there's no scientific reason for that.
Those look like my darling Galapagos penguins. That's how my husband got me to the islands, and got us started continent-hopping. "There are penguins," he said. So I went.
Thanks for a very interesting post. And thanks for visiting my blog. I do love to have visitors.
-- Kay, Alberta

maiaT said...

Exquisite photos, all of them.
This white alligator is special, I admit, but I still don't like them. The penguins are very cute instead.

Nikki-ann said...

Wow, I've never seen an albino alligator before!

Self Sagacity said...

The albino gator is very rare, as much alligators that I have seen in New Orleans, I never saw an albino gator, fantastic find Jo.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Squirrel, he is a showstopper. They do have quite a collection of everything except yours and my favorite - our squirrel buddies :)

Eileen, thanks he wears his age well :)

Ann, as much as I am deathly afraid of alligators, I have to admit he is a cutie.

Carmen, yes, he bathes regularly :) There are even more creepy ones than what I've posted. There was a python that I couldn't even look at, much less take a photo.

Thanks Mumsy, he enjoyed his birthday

Rainfield lol :D I can see where your son get his personality - you are both hysterical.

Dimple, If I remember correctly, Claude hasn't been here that long. I forgot where he came from but it's not been that long. Thanks for visiting.

Cassiopeia, yeah he is pretty rare and I think that's why everyone likes him so much. Thanks for stopping by.

ladyfi, :) he is all three things you've mentioned

Kay, they are from the Galapagos Islands. I love watching them though they draw a huge crowd so it's difficult to get close. Thanks for visiting.

maiaT. I don't like alligators either but I love Claude. Of course if he were out of his habitat and near me, I wouldn't be loving him at all :) Penguins are favorites of mine as well

NikkiAn, yes they are pretty cool looking.

Self, he is very rare and from what I understand, there aren't many of them out there.

chubskulit said...

Oh I have never seen an Albino alligator before hehehe.. Great shots.

Oskar said...

It looks like a great place to visit & we love Claude!!

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

CherylK said...

So sorry I missed Claude's birthday...hope it was very, very special! I've never heard of an albino alligator...what a treat!

Love the other photos, too. Camera Critters personified!

cat said...

Wow I didn't know there was such a thing as a albino aligator!

JM said...

Claude is fantastic! Is he alone?

ruthi said...

the albino alligator doesn't look too intimidating compared to ones that we normal see around.

lisaschaos said...

Love the albino alligator! I have never seen one of those!

25BAR said...

There is a zoo here too in Amsterdam where I'm visiting. I should go visit them.
I don't think they have any alligators though.