Friday, May 27, 2011

Swimming With the Fishes - Ripley's Aquarium

Ripley's Aquarium is a beautiful, hands-on educational adventure at Broadway at the Beach. Their exhibits change yearly. This year is The Year of the Shark. They have so much to offer, including sleeping with the sharks (for school age children and chaperons). There are also mermaids who swim inside the aquarium, as well as a dive show for those who love to watch a scuba diver. You can read more about that on their website.
Stingray fountain outside of Ripley's Aquarium, Broadway at the Beach

View from top floor, Ripley's Aquarium
One of the sharks from the shark exhibit. If you are a certified diver, for $149.00, you have the opportunity to dive with the sharks at Ripley's. It's completely safe. They put you in a shark cage before submerging you. The husband and I wanted to do this dive, but Boots wasn't certified - and we leave no one behind. That pretty much means she kept us from this wonderful adventure. We are enjoying holding that over her head! I think the harassment is much more fun than the dive would have been!
Boots peers inside a hammerhead shark to see how the shark sees. It was just plain wierd.
A huge arowana fish patrols his territory. These things can be mean.
A Saw Shark swims overhead

These jellyfish are so beautiful, but so deadly. They had them backlit with neon blue.
The Sea Dragons were beautiful. 
A happy little Tang
I love the face on this stingray
More rays

Boots got as close as she would be to the "inside" of the aquarium.
Giant interactive fish tunnel for the kids
Stump peering from inside one of the aquariums.
"Those who have never seen themselves
surrounded on all sides by the sea can
never possess an idea of the world,
and of their relationship to it"
~Goethe

I have to agree.

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