What, you might ask, do the above items have in
common? It’s simple really. Those three,
and puffins, were my favorite exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium where we
spent the afternoon. What can I
say? I’m a sucker not just for “cute” animals,
but also for “elegant” ones.
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.
|Fish in the Forest|
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 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.
As cute as these two species were, my favorite exhibit
was the new one, “The Jellies Experience,” a psychedelic world where jellies
dance, glow, bloom and sting. These have
to be some of the most graceful and elegant creatures in the sea, and we saw
species that we had never seen before.
How beautiful they were. The
design of the exhibit itself was a lot of fun with its retro theme. It even ended with a quote from Jimi Hendrix,
“You have to give people something to dream on.” How true.
We ended our visit with the exhibit “The Secret Life of
Seahorses.” Here again we gawked at varieties
of these animals that we never knew existed.
Weedy sea dragons and leafy sea dragons were just two of the most
unusual ones. We also learned that it is
male seahorses that get pregnant, give birth and care for the young. That’s a first.
|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|
What an amazing place! When I die, I think I want to come back as one of their sea otters. :-) LVReplyDelete
LV, Hey, that's a great idea. They seem to be enjoying quite a nice life. SarahDelete
What a great experience. I like the sea horses best. The otters are very cute. Glad you got to go there. This is spring break for a lot of kids so you have a few more days of the crowds . Love AReplyDelete
A, The sea otters weere adorable, but the seahorses were also pretty cool. From what I've been told, we may have even another week of spring break. Some kids are off next week. I'm trying to practice patience! SarahDelete
Wonderful pictures! If I can do patience so can you!ReplyDelete
Jane, Thanks. Ah yes, patience. I'm working on it! SarahDelete