Now, you know me.
I don't like to complain.
After all, I got a free trip to and fro to the Monterey Bay Aquarium!
That's, like, a 4-hour drive (one way)...for free! Jeepers, with today's gas prices, no small beans!
This may explain why there were so many chaperones on this field trip. Literally almost one per child!
OK, OK, maybe they wanted to share in their child's wonder as they observe the bountiful display of our ocean wildlife. That part WAS pretty spectacular! But there was far too little time before we had to pack up for the return trip: 4 hours with a dinner break at McDonalds.
42 first graders at McDonalds. Need I say more?
So today, as my tender sensibilities are recovering, I will share with you some of my favorite pictures.
The sea otters (these were the largest marine mammels they had--no sea lions or seals or orcas or humpback whales, but they do sight many of these things off their observation decks!)
Coral reef tanks with lots of beautiful tropical fish
Abigail really liked the moray eels :-)
A giant kelp bed tank with leopard sharks, sardine schools, and some very large, sinister looking black fish called "blacksmiths", to name a few. This tank was really amazing!
One of many seahorse tanks. They had an huge collection of sea horses, sea dragons, and their cousins, the pipefish. More on those next time!