We bought an annual pass for adults and grandkids, and every time that we're in the area we go visit the aquarium. If my memory serves me right, on Tuesdays and Thursdays they feed the sharks at the same time they feed the other fish. It's great to see these ferocious-looking fish swimming around with a smaller fish in its jaws. The employee narrating the fish-feeding seemed knowledgable and was quite personable, willing to help us understand anything about the aquarium that interested us.
It normally takes us about 2 hours to see the aquarium, and grandkids always consider it a treat to go. This last time we went with some adults visiting us who had a zoo pass from another state. The zoo pass got them in free, and as leaving, they said that it was one of the best aquariums they had ever visited.
The tanks are all well-kept and clean.
Touching the stingrays is fun for kids and adults alike. This time there was one small stingray who kept coming up to the surface to have its "wings" lightly touched.
My personal favorite is the river otters. I love to see them playing, diving into the water, running from area to area and diving in the water again. This time we saw the three otters being fed. The employee "hid" fish in places around the exhibit. Then the otters were released to come back in, and they "searched" for the fish.
In the baby turtle exhibit, there were a half dozen or so small turtles who had been rescued from a birth this last August. It was amazing to see how much they had grown in just 2-3 months. Apparently they keep the small turtles for a couple of years and then have them released out in the gulf stream.
In the past, when the weather is bad at the beach, we head for the aquarium. The only problem with this is most everyone has the same idea! So it gets a little crowded. This time, it was a nice day in October, and we had lots of space.
Really worth the trip!
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