Monterey Bay Aquarium.
The last time I visited the Monterey Bay
Aquarium I was in High school, close to ten years ago.
I remember skipping school to find a happy place to
experiment with mind-altering drugs. I had plans. I
wasn't missing class for the sake of missing class.
That would be too easy. I had to map out every detail.
I was armed with a wallet filled with acid. I found
a crew of friends who would want to flood their brains
with thoughts of bright colors and distorted images.
It is very important my crew is able to handle themselves
in a crowd. The last thing I wanted was to baby sitter
a bad trip. I had a crew of three, the big guy, Pat
and myself. This wasn't the first time I experimented
mind-altering substances with them. I knew we would
be in for a good time. I remember spending count less
hours in the jellyfish exhibit with a hinge less jaw
and unblinkable eyes. Thankfully, my brain isn't completely
fogged by my acid experiments of the past.
Today, my visit to the aquarium serves a different
purpose. My hippy days are behind so I can safely say,
I will never take another hit of acid. Besides, the
many different spices of life in the aquarium are drugs
themselves. Do yourself a favor; spend an afternoon
in the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Here are their current exhibits:
Kelp Forest Feeding Show: Like the wild kelp
forests, the exhibit changes with each passing season.
The kelp grows in spring, then dies back in winter.
Here, divers hand feed fishes twice daily, while specially
trained aquarium guides field questions from curious
Outer Bay Exhibit: The open sea is a vast blue
world seemingly without boundaries. Their Outer Bay
exhibits, encompassing marine life found in open ocean
waters of the temperate Eastern Pacific, give visitors
a sense of its enormity. Look through one of the largest
windows on the planet*54 feet long and 15 feet tall*into
the tallest aquarium exhibit in the world.
Jellies: Living Art: Celebrate the aesthetic
delights of living jellies and the magical ways in which
jellies and the marine environment have inspired artists
in our new "Jellies: Living Art" exhibit. This exhibit
includes jellies never exhibited in North America before,
like graceful flower hat and blue jellies, innovative
artwork and even a walk-through jelly swarm.
Vanishing Wildlife Exhibit: Vanishing Wildlife
features a previously unseen view into the million-gallon
Outer Bay exhibit, where you'll come face to face with
the magnificent animals that inhabit the open ocean.
You'll learn about the threats these animals face, and
what you can do to help protect them.