Friday, October 5, 2012

California Vacation, Volume 4

 

 

 

After playing in San Francisco, we made the trek down to Monterey.  We had debated on what to do there. I wasn’t sure we should go to the Aquarium because a. it was pricey, and b. we’d already been to the Aquarium of the Bay in San Fran.  But some of our friends urged us to go, and we are so grateful. It was incredible!

This is one of the “tanks” which was so large and beautiful. We even watched a scuba diver go in to feed the fish, and talk to us all the while about the aquarium, and local marine life.  P3147002

Meanwhile, outside, we watched 2 leopard seals play all over the bay.

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The diver feeding the masses.

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The boys were able to watch a wave pass over from the inside of it.

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Starfish with little tentacles.

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Yes, another flounder. They’re just so funny looking to me!

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More morray eels…

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Anenome that looks like a wave.

 

 

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Fuzzy (alive) sand dollars.

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One of 2 giant octopuses. We spent a bit of time learning about them. They’re really smart and crafty. We watched as they were fed, and learned how they remember people, and know who feeds them well (and show favor). The aquarium had to install spongy flooring where they walk near the top of the tanks, because it was the only thing that would deter the octopus from sneaking out at night and going to munch on sea life in other tanks. 

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More leopard seals in the wild…I wish that we could watch life interact like that on our Texas beaches!

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More eels. I loved how this one just laid himself out on the coral.

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The boys loved this cuttlefish.

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My crew. Smile

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Once again, not a fan, but these jelly fish are amazing!

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Chan was watching the action in one of the tanks. I will never forget the wonder we had as we watched the sardines swim in perfect choreography.  Of course, the sharks were cool, too.

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Then we had a nice seafood dinner. How’s that for irony? 

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Our silly family…

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Following dinner (well, really, it was lunch), we had a moment of exploration on the beach.  I was enamored with the amount of wildlife there on the beach. Anemones, mussels, crabs, fish, seals in the distance. It’s a playground of activity!

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Chan man, jumping the rocks.

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This bird must do this all the time – he photobombed our picture!

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This little conk shell hitched a ride…

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