Saturday, February 14, 2009

BBBS 7 - The Long Beach Aquarium

My mother and I woke up today to find that the boys were working yet ANOTHER day on the house so we decided to keep ourselves busy and go see the Long Beach Aquarium. I also thought that this may be something Ms. Little would like, and when I called she was not doing anything, so the three of us were on our way.

Ms. Little had been here before, and I had been a number of times but I don’t think you can ever get sick of the awe you get seeing the huge marine tanks full of a whole world you rarely get to see. We were able to get through the entire museum in 3 hours and Ms. Little was entertained by a kids map that you emboss on the way to show that you visited those areas. I never thought much about these little games because I do not have kids yet, but I am learning to appreciate the fact that gathering those little emboss stamps kept Ms. Little occupied enough to complete the entire museum from start to finish. It is amazing how short an attention span can be.

The anemones are some of my favourite things in the museum. I could just sit and watch their gentle swaying all day. I find them beautiful, soothing and more beautiful than any flower.

These crab were GIGANTIC and although I lament the fact that we are not allowed to use flash on the camera so this photo is a bit dark I love how alien these crabs looked in their tank.

Nature has a way of hiding the tiniest of the sea creatures, these leafy sea horses looked like elegant bits of branches and were so beautifully delicate.

The seal is always a crowd pleaser with their elegant effortless flight through the water. Ms. Little and I rolled some paper balls and were playing follow the ball with the seals. The kids went wild with the seals interest in the game.

Like some ancient mythical monster this gigantic lobster crept out of its dark cave to let me grab this shadowed photo. Scary I would not want to meet him in a dark crevice out snorkelling.

These Puffin Penguins were adorable with their water antics. I really like the energy of this shot, the puffin was just about to dive after another penguin.

At the aquarium there is a Lorikeet exhibit where you can feed birds, feed them nectar, and even hold them. We had so much fun in the enclosure until both my mother and Ms. Little were poo’ed on. I don’t know what they did to piss off the Lorikeet Gods but they better apologize before a house falls on them both. This shot of two lover Lorikeet’s on a rope look so happy and content I could just nuzzle up between them and take a long long long nap.

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