A bonus at the end

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.

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Fish, fish, a beautiful variety of fish in all colors….

…And sizes swam by.

…and sizes swam by.

Our first view of “The “Kelp Forest” took our breath away. The exhibit is 3-stories tall and holds 333,000 gallons of water with so much marine life we couldn’t possibly take it all in.

Our first view of “The “Kelp Forest” took our breath away. The exhibit is 3-stories tall and holds 333,000 gallons of water with so much marine life we couldn’t possibly take it all in.

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.

What is more fascinating to watch – and photograph – than jellyfish changing shape and colors as each drifted down through the water.

What is more fascinating to watch – and photograph – than jellyfish changing shape and colors as each drifted down through the water.

We thought all jellyfish were orange and looked alike. Not so. What a surprise to find out there are over 2,000 types.

We thought all jellyfish were orange and looked alike. Not so. What a surprise to find out there are over 2,000 types.

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!

Beth took plenty of photos. Good thing Makana didn’t have her wings spread (a wingspan of over 6 feet), or she wouldn’t have made it all into the photo.

Beth took plenty of photos. Good thing Makana didn’t have her wings spread (a wingspan of over 6 feet), or she wouldn’t have made it all into the photo.

What’s in an albatross’ diet? Bet your answer didn’t include this.

What’s in an albatross’ diet? Bet your answer didn’t include this.

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!

 

February 2016

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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5 Responses to A bonus at the end

  1. How special to see the albatross on your own. What a treat.

  2. What a fun day. I’d nearly forgotten about the bird exhibits there. It must be time for a re-visit!

  3. Miriam says:

    Lovely photos. I love visiting aquariams, though I must admit I haven’t been for years.

  4. icelandpenny says:

    Glorious photography, it shimmers on the page…

  5. Cliff Mail says:

    Looks like the Albatross could give us a few tips on how to save money on food.

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