Photo of the Week | Red Starfish, Mexico

by Stephanie Walsh · 6 comments

in Mexico, North America, Photography

Red Starfish, Mexico
Red Starfish #Oceans, Guadalajara, Mexico

Red Starfish, Guadalajara, Mexico

This weeks #FriFotos theme is #OCEANS.

I definitely think this beautiful red starfish belongs to the ocean and not this small tank.

I took this photo in Guadalajara Zoo in Mexico. Shortly after this visit, Andres and I watched the heart-breaking documentary The Cove. It has given us a whole new perspective on animals and sea life in captivity that we had never even considered before. Although a lot of Zoos do amazing work, some animals, particularly dolphins, which are extremely intelligent creatures, are not meant to live in these small spaces. I will not do the film an injustice by trying to explain it myself; if you have not already seen this documentary, I encourage you to do so.

What do you think of zoo’s and animals in captivity?



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1 Hannah June 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

This is so vibrant and striking – I love it! I also highly recommend ‘The Cove’, and think it is so important for people to educate themselves by watching documentaries like this. I can also highly recommend ‘Earthlings’ – Google it, it is free to watch online 🙂


2 Steph June 9, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Oh wow thanks for the tip, will definitely check it out! We’re a big fan of documentaries, just finished another one a few minutes ago in fact! I agree, it is so important to educate yourself as much as possible on as wide a range of topics as possible…travel does a lot of it but there is still so much that goes on behind closed doors that documentaries can help expose. Thanks for the lovely comment (again!) Hannah! 🙂


3 Liz June 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I think it’s against nature- and sad!


4 Steph June 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Exactly, that’s why we have made the decision to no longer support zoo’s by giving them our money! It’s our way of helping!


5 Debbie October 12, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Stunning photo!
Zoos are sad — unless animals are in captivity for an important reason, but I guess the ‘upside’ , if there had to be one, would be all the educational opportunities.
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6 Stephanie Walsh October 13, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Thanks Debbie!
Yeah I know a lot of zoo’s do great work with trying to breed endangered species, helping ill animals etc. Most of the animals are just there in small spaces for our viewing pleasure however, and monetary gain of course. It’s a shame.