The Dig at Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas is a stunning collection of live marine exhibits that are set amongst the streets and tunnels of the sunken ruins of the lost city. Every time we visit, Peter and I spend hours mesmerized by the variety of fish that swim by, eye to eye with us and, of course, our cameras. Colorful tropical fish shine brightly dressed in yellows, greens, and cobalt blues. Groupers swim together in small gangs looking menacingly down on the schools of smaller fish, and large manta rays float past gracefully like ugly ballerinas.
If you've followed this blog for any period of time, you'll have noticed that I often see things that are not there and/or attach human attributes to animals or inanimate objects. The former, I learned from my sister is known as Pareidolia (par-i-DOH-lee-a) ... and "is the phenomena of seeing faces/figures/forms in patterns", like seeing a man in the moon. The latter according to the internet is Anthropomorphic behavior- "ascribing human characteristics to nonhuman things". I attribute both to a very active imagination.
Now please, watch this slide show of the fish of Atlantis and tell me truthfully that you can't imagine what these fish might have been thinking or feeling at the moment their picture was captured. Remember, .... be truthful, you're most likely anthropomorphic too!
Are you looking at me?
Photos and Slide Show © 2013 Claudia Ward
Music: "Tumbling Dice" by the Sweet Little Band