Our trip to the aquarium

We’ve had annual passes to the GA Aquarium since it opened a couple of years ago. I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve been there. We’ve definitely gotten our money’s worth from the passes. I won’t go into the stupidity of continuing to bring new whale sharks in when they keep dying; instead I’ll only mention the good stuff.


Jack loves the Japanese spider crabs, which are HUGE crabs, that are just creepy looking. Jack thinks it’s hilarious and says he likes them because, “they’re cool and they creep you out.” I love you, too, honey.


He is also fascinated with the garden eels, which I have to admit are pretty cool. Okay, I can’t find a good picture online, but they grow to about 16″ long and poke up out the sand to get plankton and duck down in their holes when a fish swims by. If you go here, you can play the video and see the garden eels for about a second.


His other faves are the sea lions (I would love to take him to San Francisco someday to see the sea lions at Fisherman’s Wharf) and the African penguins.


One of the coolest parts of the aquarium is called Ocean Voyager. There’s a big tunnel you walk under (I guess “in” would be more accurate) and watch the fish swimming above and around you. The bad picture (blame my cell phone, or the flash or something) is of a giant grouper behind Jack. That fish stayed there awhile. Jack was the 3rd or 4th person to have his picture taken with it. According to the aquarium website, this exhibit has 4,574 square feet of viewing windows, a 100-foot-long underwater tunnel, 185 tons of acrylic windows, and six million gallons of salt-water. Here’s a webcam of the exhibit (which isn’t working as I post this, just FYI).