Metta LOVED every second of the day. She had the most fun of us all- and we didn't even have to buy her a ticket!! Kent had her chasing sharks through the giant tunnels and she giggled and laughed so much she kept falling over.
She was far more keen on touching all of the crabs and starfish and other tide pool animals than the boys were. They obliged but weren't very enthusiastic. Metta wanted to get in the water with the sea urchins.
giant snake of some sort.
Zeb loved reading about each exhibit. These giant crabs were his favorite. He taught us a lot about his readings.
they were HUMONGOUS. in the wild they can be 13 feet in length. and they can live up to 100 years.
I loved the big shark tanks. they've got the world's biggest collections of shark rays. Standing up against the glass was pretty crazy. You feel like you are with the sharks!!
And speaking of rays- did anybody see that terrible "Tampa Rays" baseball sign joke?! it's awful. too soon. although I did have to stifle a laugh. only because it was so inappropriate.
this post- about our Australia adventures. You'll see the very same birds- only in the wild. As I was rereading my Australia posts- I realized I really need another vacation!!!
We bought a little cup of nectar to feed them and the kiddos loved it.
such a cute smile. rather unruly hair.
the tunnels were my favorite part of the day. we walked through them over and over and over again. Metta ran through them.
the only thing the boys refused to do was pet the sharks. they had a full tank of 20 or so different sharks to pet but zeb and Ike wanted nothing to do with them.
the penguins were my least favorite part of the day- but only because compared to everything else they seemed so far away. You could pet a penguin for 25 dollars- but that wasn't in the budget :)
the aquarium is on the levee along the Ohio River. There's a river walk and a mall of sorts to walk around.
Metta is a holy terror at restaurants. We can get her to sit still for about 7 minutes if we put a pile of ice in front of her.
our day was splendid and made me again grateful for the opportunity to live in new places and explore new things. Even though it's still a year away- it makes me excited for our next adventure!!