Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Monterey Bay

We had a holiday Monday for Columbus Day, so after the soccer game Saturday morning, we packed up our gear and headed for the coast. We brought along two cousins, Megan and Scotty, for extra fun. Because we know that cousins add extra fun to everything! The plan was to headquarter out of Morgan Hill, and venture to the ocean and Monterey Bay Aquarium. Ever since we went there last spring on a field trip, the girls have been intent on re-visiting with Mark, who had never been.

We headed out to the aquarium, and were met at the door by a man with a jar...of sumthin. Which he wanted to share with us.


Turns out it was itty-bitty jellyfish!


We went inside to see bigger ones.


Notice the big, fat flash in this picture? It is so very, very disturbing when, in the darkness of the aquarium a flash goes off. How rude!

Yes, it was me. Accidentally.

It is so difficult to get good pictures in darkness of the aquarium. I'll have to take what I can get.

Here's Abigail with a sunfish growing out of her head.


Part of my school looking at another school. They had a juvenile great white shark! But I didn't get a picture of that.


Abigail and the anchovies. Her mouth is slightly open--sympathetic response as they open theirs to catch some plankton? Or just amazement.


And a true highlight...LIVE SAND DOLLARS!


They look very similar to dead sand dollars, but they are covered with a furry looking coating. And if you look very closely, they are moving vvveeeerrryyyy sssslllloooowwwwwllllyyyy. I found this to be very cool, indeed. Yes, I did. No great white pictures, but half a dozen of the sand dollars.

And that was our trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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