My oldest daughter called last week and said that she would be in Southern California (Long Beach) for the weekend. We jumped at the chance to go visit and said that we would meet her on Saturday and spend the day. So all week we debated about where we would go while we were there… go to the beach? rain in the forecast. Knotts Berry Farm? Possibly, but again, rain. Visit the Queen Mary? Reggae festival on Saturday. In the end, we decided to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Saturday came and so did the rain. We seem to be getting our fair share of it these days! It’s a shame that the California government isn’t interested in building (and upgrading) more reservoirs to save some of this rain to help out in our next drought which is probably not too far away… better to spend billions on a bullet train to nowhere in earthquake country! Yikes!
Admission to the aquarium was $22- thanks to the $8 off coupons that my wife found ($48 dollar discount…. nice!) As it had stopped raining, we headed to the outdoor exhibits first.
First stop was a station where you can observe and even pet jellyfish. Their stinging cells are too small to cause pain in humans. All the jellyfish that I have encountered in the past did cause pain… so this was nice!
Then we were off to feed the lorikeets some special nectar! $4.00 for a little cup, but I went into the enclosure with no food and the birds still came and visited me. Fun.
They had quite a variety of stingrays. Some places were set up that you could pet them…
The penguins were fun to watch. It’s amazing how fast they can swim in their little enclosure.
Also outside were sharks, steelhead, horseshoe crabs, sea lions and a few other things. Time to see the indoor exhibits. ..
These little eels were not even the size of a pencil!
More amazing jellyfish!
Various seahorses. The last one is a leafy dragon and looks more like a piece of seaweed than a seahorse!
I was really impressed with my visit to the aquarium. So much variety. So many unusual sights, but most importantly – every species in every display looked healthy and happy. Highly recommended.
Once we left the aquarium, we looked to our right and had a great view of the Queen Mary! Also, in case you were wondering- we could hear the reggae festival from across the channel!