We found a pretty sweet Groupon a few months back that saved us $5 per ticket to the Adventure Aquarium and free admission to their current 4D movie. With Lance’s aquarium love and the fact we haven’t been to Adventure Aquarium together since our first anniversary, we didn’t wait a moment to purchase this Groupon.*
*However, Lance did wait several moments in purchasing the Starbucks $5 for $10 Groupon which resulted in it selling out before he logged in.
It is so hard to compare the many different aquariums we have visited. Each one holds something unique. Each one offers a different layout and selection of sea creatures.
Adventure Aquarium has a clean and clear layout even though there are several floors to navigate.
We were first greeted by this adorable creature:
An ordinary snake would terrify me. But this snake necked turtle?
I love him.
The seahorses were clinging to seaweed for comfort…
While this sea turtle showed off a little.
Though we missed seeing the Santa scuba diver, we got to watch as two divers cleaned one of the rather large tanks.
She waved at me!
I wouldn’t want to meet that guy down a dark alley.
We chatted with one of the employees in a please touch area where I asked her to please not let me touch anything.
Instead I watched as others, much younger and braver than myself, touched the various sea creatures of that area.
How cool are these black clown fish?
The shark realm is terrifying and fantastic all twirled up together.
Though everything we had seen from the start of our visit was fascinating, the last few exhibits were the highlight of the aquarium for me.
You may recall my short story, The Birds and Beats of Venice Pier. Though I do not have such an eloquent tale for you today, I took these pictures in the same spirit of fowl excitement.
It was chilly on this particular day, so I wasn’t sure if these penguins had become so pampered by the aquarium that they were heading to the door for warmth or if they were just bugged by this guy with the hose.
At first they were wandering around, but the longer he stood spraying, the closer they got to the door.
A few years ago, I went with my kindergarten class to the aquarium and was excited to hear there was a hippo exhibit, then bummed to learn it wasn’t open yet.
That led to this picture play by play of their every move:
I think they knew I was coming, too. They started out wandering around on land…
and then, after I had taken about four hundred pictures…
they both started heading for the water.
The first, we’ll call him Franklin, went in with no hesitation. But the second, we’ll call him Morty, was a little indecisive.
Come on Morty! You can do it!
Franklin was already neck deep getting his afternoon exercise in while Morty sat at the waterline deciding if he wanted to go for a swim or not.
I don’t think Morty was super excited about swimming though.
He headed straight for the only underwater rock.
And proceeded to slump up against it.
It’s okay Morty. We can’t all be exercise freaks like Franklin.
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