1&2 – Monterey Bay Aquarium
Jellyfish are my no1 reason, for wanting to visit this aquarium in California. Aside from the fact it is located in California, along the Pacific Coast Highway and a place I desire to Road Trip! Monterey Bay has a magnificent array of jellyfish: Box Jellyfish, Crown Jelly, Blubber Jelly, purple striped jelly to my favourite the Aurelia Aurita. (Moon Jellyfish). Which I love so much – if I ever had another daughter, she would be named after these, in honour of my love for these multiple, blooming, pulsating marvels.
- Jellies are made of more than 95% water
- Jellie tentacles are dotted with thousands of stinging cells to stun prey by injecting toxins
- A jelly can shrink in size according to available food supply Monterey Bay
The Kelp Forest
This is the next thing in the Monterey Bay aquarium to grab my attention. One of the scuba dives, I really want to do in California, is to get out in a Kelp Forest but knowing what a scardey cat I can be, I thought a great way to acclimatise, is to see an amazing Kelp Forest in the Aquarium, whilst I am warm and dry – plucking up the courage to disappear beneath the depths!
3. The Georgia Aquarium. Atlanta
Ocean Voyager is the largest aquarium in North America to house Whale Sharks. It holds 6.3 million gallons of seawater.
It’s at moments like this, when I am writing about a marine creature as amazing as a Whale Shark, I question whether or not there should be any, in captivity. Yet I know, if I pinch the words of Jillian Morris Sharks4Kids Educator- “we need to emotionally connect with something, to care about it.” and I know that we need to understand something to help us exist alongside it. That’s why I would like to participate in the Journey with Gentle Giants immersion program to achieve that guaranteed scuba dive with a whale shark.
When my children were younger – my husband and I would visit many aquariums with them, bringing to life in this way, our love of the marine world. Now we have learnt to scuba dive, Chloe is in the process of becoming a Divemaster and we long to spend more time in tropical waters exploring. Unfortunately – finances do not always allow for this!
4. The New York Aquarium
Now, I have a really lame reason, why I want to visit this aquarium and it is pure and simply because it is in New York. Located just off the Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn. Sorry, its not to get down with the fishes…
How about an aquarium visit with a difference. At New England aquarium you can get outside with nature and participate in the New England Aquarium, Whale Watch Cruise. The destination is Stellawagen Bank Marine Sanctuary – a rich feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds and other marine life. You could see – Humpback whales; Finback whales; Minke whales; Pilot whales and the critically endangered Right Whale. Learning fascinating facts about these sea creatures, from the onboard naturalist trained by Aquarium experts.
Photo courtesy of: New England Aquarium