Friday, August 26, 2011

Vacation-Days 5 : Aquarium

The last time we went to Mystic Aquarium, we took a picture of me and Tucker in front of this same statue and he was still in a stroller! So we were long over- do for a visit!

This outside area starts with the belugas (we couldn't see any, they stayed under the water and sea lions.

Then we headed to one of my favorite area-the African penguins! Yes you read that correctly!

They were all out sunning themselves as they had just been fed so their tummies were full and they were happy!

After the penguins, you follow a wooden walkway through a marsh type area into the aquarium. We found many frogs and also this cool looking turtle:

We then headed into the actual aquarium-it wasn't really crowded so we got to really check everything out! They have special exhibits and this one featured many different kinds of jelly fish-I don't think I realized how many different kinds and colors they are! I loved the color of this one and it really is this big-I didn't zoom in! there were also some that were smaller than an 1 inch-incredible!

There's something about sting rays that I find soothing and peaceful...I know they can be dangerous and Steve Irwin died after being stung and all but they just float so easily and smoothly...

We also watched the seal show and it's amazing all the tricks they know how to do!

We headed outside then to check out the remote controlled boats (next picture). This is one of the vehicles used by Robert Ballard (the man who "found" the Titanic) to explore the ocean. Inside the building is all kinds of displays of items and discoveries found in the ocean. There was also a cool presentation where you could actually talk to scientists who were in the Indian Ocean!

We had a great time and hope to go back again soon!


Mari said...

What a great place to visit!

Julie said...

We haven't been there since JONATHAN was a baby!! We need to go!