Friday, 7 March 2008

Monterey Bay Aquarium

As usual, click the image to enlarge. They are much prettier that way :-)
Again thanks to my uncle whom brought us to this great place. After a long 1 and a half hour drive we were finally there! Unfortunatelly Josiah wasn't in a very good mood for the first 1 hour of our visit.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is located in a former sardine cannery on Cannery Row in Monterey, California, is one of the largest and most respected aquariums in the world. It has an annual attendance of 1.8 million and holds 35,000 plants and animals representing 623 species.
And here is one of them... Jellyfish. The jellyfish on the second picture was actually smaller than my little finger's nail.
Among the aquarium's numerous exhibits, two are of particular note. The centerpiece of the Ocean's Edge wing is a 33-foot (10-m) high tank for viewing California coastal marine life. In this tank, the aquarium was the first in the world to grow live California Giant Kelp using a wave machine at the top of the tank (water movement is a necessary precondition for keeping Giant Kelp, which absorbs nutrients from surrounding water and requires turbidity), allowing sunlight in through the open tank top, and pumping in raw seawater. The second exhibit of note is a one million gallon tank in the Outer Bay Wing which features one of the world's largest single-paned windows (crafted by a Japanese company, the window is actually four panes seamlessly glued together through a proprietary process).
Daddy and Josiah had a final look on the huge tank of Kelp Forest. Can you see there is a group of sardine there?

Josiah and mummy walking back to uncle's T car. Time to say good bye!!!

Video to come one day when I have time to upload them!!!

1 comment:

HOPE said...

Oh My..Diana...I grew up in Monterey!

If you went to Pacific Grove and read about the will know there is a parade each year to welcome the Butterflies...

I was a Butterfly kid growing up!!

Love the pics..