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Friday, April 16, 2010

A Relaxing Day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

DH took the day off work yesterday and DD is on Spring Break so we packed up the car and went south to the lovely Monterey Bay Aquarium. It was an absolutely beautiful day outside and a perfect day to spend strolling around the aquarium.

The otters were the first exhibit we saw. They are always so playful and fun rolling around in the water. There were two of them hamming it up for the crowds.

One of my favorite exhibits was the jellies. There were various tanks filled with the most beautiful displays of jelly fish, all so serene and gliding through the water effortlessly. Some of them were very very small, others seemed to glow in the dark.

Next were the seahorses. Aren't they beautiful?

I don't recall what this fish was called but it looked like plant life, very pre-historic looking.

And then the sea turtles. These two were really interacting with the people. They seemed to want to just want us all to come swim and play with them.

There were many educational and interactive exhibits, this one let you take a pic of yourself with your sustainable choice for the environment.

The touching pools were a big hit with the younger folks. The starfish were all shapes, colors and sizes.

The kelp pool exhibit was huge and at one point a diver was present int he water and answered questions from the crowd. It was huge and took up two full stories of the architecture.

The sand dollars were beautiful and if you watched very closely you could actually see them move.

We really had a fun day. Afterwards we went down town for dinner and saw an antique custom car show. I didn't have my camera with me at this point but we saw some very cool hot rods. I highly reccomend a visit to the aquarium if you get the chance, it's gorgeous.


puddin said...

great pictures!!

Beach Bygones said...

Thanks for sharing these photos - looks like you had a great day.