Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Monterey Bay Aquarium

Nestled on the edge of Monterey Bay, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a fantastic place to visit.  Not only do you get great views of the sea itself, but inside are exhibits that will take your breath away.

We have visited the aquarium before, but every time we go there seems to be something new.  This time it was the Hot Pink Flamingos exhibit which I just loved.  I was interested to find out that flamingos are not the only pink birds in the wildlife kingdom.  The Scarlet Ibis and the Roseate Spoonbill are gorgeous shades of pink as well.

The reflections in the glass mean these photographs do not do the birds justice - they were absolutely beautiful.

I always love the jellyfish and sea horses,

and the leafy sea dragon never ceases to amaze me.  They are the green things in the photo below that look like plants but are actually sea creatures.

There are penguins, otters and some very inquisitive sea turtles, all in huge tanks that you can stand right up close to.  There were definitely some "who is watching who" moments!

Everything at the aquarium is geared up towards conservation, and the interactive displays about sustainable fishing were particularly interesting.  Another thing I like is that they have something for every age group including some excellent interactive kid's activities.  The whole thing is really hands on, and the friendly and knowledgeable guides make the experience educational as well as great fun.

It's a wonderful place to spend the day, and I would go again in a heartbeat.  If you find yourself anywhere near Monterey Bay, I highly recommend a visit!

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