Sunday, March 13, 2011

Aquarium Visit

We have had several busy weekends in a row. So, I am really behind in posting (as always!) Last weekend, I attended a teacher's convention in Myrtle Beach.   My family and I really had a great trip.  One of the highlights was visiting the Ripley's Aquarium.  

One of their special exhibits is all about sea creatures that are "lethal weapons. "


  On display the aquarium had Fugu and Blowfish, along with Electric Eels, and jellyfish.   The exhibit highlights creatures that can release toxins or have special body features that will kill their prey.

We had the opportunity to touch and learn more about horseshoe crabs.   They really are not crabs, but are actually related to spiders and scorpions.    

Rainbow Rock is a colorful exhibit that features all of the beautifully colored fish of the Indo-Pacific coral reefs.  As part of the exhibit, you can see divers hand feed the fish.   It is just amazing, the beauty of this exhibit.

The most exciting part for my children was the Dangerous Reef.

You step onto a moving glidepath that moves through a tunnel.  You can see snapper, sea turtles, and even sharks!   My children were fascinated by the sawfish, which we learned is an endangered species.  

If you ever visit Myrtle Beach, the aquarium is really a great place to spend a couple of hours.   It was very relaxing and our children loved it.   They are already planning another visit.

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