Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Part 1

Monterey Bay Aquarium was the first aquarium I ever visited, and for me is still the best aquarium I have ever visited! I've been to many an aquarium, and I have enjoyed all but one (National Aquarium in D.C. - you still owe me my $5.00 admission fee!). 

I grew up in the desert nothingness of West Texas or as I like to call it Tatooine. So any time there is an opportunity to see water and some aquatic life I'm all for it (except sharks of course). In fact I am totally fascinated with sea horses and they are by far my favorite marine life. Oh wait! Otters! Yes seahorses and otters.

My first trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium was in the mid 1980s not long after it had first opened. I was truly impressed that a converted sardine factory on the edge of Cannery Row was now a massive aquarium. 

Oh! And it was also the place where Spock mind melded with a whale in Star Trek IV: the Voyage Home!  So for me this place ticks a lot of boxes:
A cast member of a Star Trek movie may or may not have been there?

The Front Entrance:

We arrived early - maybe 15 minutes after it opened and we had to wait in line. If you can
buy your tickets online. You will walk right in.

Even after a good four hours inside the aquarium
there were still people waiting to get in late in the afternoon. Buy in advance!

Are these the whales from Star Trek?
Where is Spock?

The absolute highlight of this aquarium is the otters.
Even when I visited 25 years ago they were a delight.
On this day we had a female otter being a surrogate
mother to a baby otter that was found abandoned.
The mother would take the baby pup and hold him
as she spun around and around. It was as Mr. Spock
would say - Fascinating.

Spinning with her new little pup.

Here is a link to some video I shot of them spinning:



The Giant Octopus:

Okay - so I know this pictures isn't the best, but he made a rare appearance!
It was dark, crowded and when he moved we all hit the button on our cameras and phones.
Isn't he huge!

Click here to see part two!

1 comment:

  1. Otters are truly adorable!

    And jellyfish are one of the few critters I'd rather see behind a pane of glass than in the wild. I'm always worried about getting stung by one! So far so good though.