We took the plunge. For years we’ve avoided going to the Monterey Aquarium. Why? The entry fee just seemed too high. Even so, our daughter insisted that this was the time for a visit – and she was right (of course). When we stepped in to the aquarium, all thoughts of how much we’d just paid were replaced by excitement as we raced off to explore.
We tried to work our way through all the exhibits. The penguins delighted us; the octopuses mesmerized us; the shore birds helped us identify birds we’d seen but whose names we didn’t know. One of the most crowded exhibits displayed the jellyfish.
By mid-afternoon we were tired and ready to sit down and watch one of the many daily presentations. Our first choice was the “Albatross Encounter.” When we asked about the show at the Information Desk, the volunteer staff behind the counter smiled broadly and asked if we were interested in seeing the albatross. “Sure!” we said, and he told us to follow him. Ten minutes before the show, we went up to “meet” Makana, the Laysan albatross, and accompany her down for the event. No crowds were there – just us, the volunteer, and her two handlers. A wonderful experience for bird lovers like us!
The visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium was a visual treat; we learned a lot; and we never could have anticipated such a wonderful bonus at the end with meeting Makana, the albatross. What a shame it would have been to miss it all!