Members explore aquatic frontier

“Admiral, there’d be whales here!” From left, Kat Campbell, Jennifer Baird and Jay Gerber encounter all kinds of sea life at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. (Photos by Dave Mason)
Lisa Sobien encounters aquatic life at the aquarium’s big tank.

By Fleet Capt. Dave Mason
LONG BEACH — It was a scene straight out of “Encounter at Farpoint,” the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” pilot. Giant jellyfish descended toward us.
USS Angeles members made first contact with all sorts of alien creatures under the sea, from seadragons to frogs that could camouflage themselves well. They had no need for a cloaking device!
Kat Campbell, Jay Gerber, Jennifer Baird, “E.J.” Jakab, Eric Fillman

Lisa Sobien and Eric Fillman stand in the aquarium’s gift shop.
“E.J.” Jakab visits the gift shop.

and I explored the Aquarium of the Pacific Sept. 23. Lisa Sobien joined us later.
We touched sharks, watched otters swim the backstroke quickly and gazed at seals, penguins and more. We greeted colorful birds called lorikeet and saw fish that resembled Nemo and Dorian from Disney’s “Finding Nemo” franchise.
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A shark takes a leisurely swim.
A lorikeet stands ready in case someone walks by with nectar.

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Dave Mason

Commanding Officer, USS Angeles NCC-71840