The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the great aquariums in the United States, and it was packed today. It is housed in a former sardine cannery on historic Cannery Row in Monterey, California, and that part of its history is also interpreted in the facility. But the main draw, of course, is the marine life.
Some people come to see the sharks and large ocean fish, but I wanted to watch the sea otters. Play, eat, nap, repeat. According to the folks at the aquarium, that’s the life of a sea otter. These cute little creatures inspired “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd that watched their every move. It was hard to take my eyes off the little pup that had recently been rescued and was paired with Joy, one of the adult female otters. I’m sure she’ll show him the ropes.
|The Sea Otters|
The puffins, with their distinct orange beaks, also elicited their share of admiring comments. Who knew that there are so many different kinds of puffins out there.
|Weedy Sea Dragon|
|Leafy Sea Dragon|
|Seahorses Like to Hide|
We had such a fun time at the aquarium, and we acted like kids for a while. It was a perfect way to spend the afternoon.
|The Aquarium's Backyard|