The Largest Aquarium in the World

We finally made our way to the largest aquarium in the world. We had tried once before on a Thanksgiving weekend a few years back but it was sold out. I’m so glad we came back on an off day in April. We could wander free from crowds and get up close and linger awhile.

 

We always have to stick our hands in the touch tank. Here the water is surprisingly cold and the anemone tentacles behave more plant- like than animal-like.

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Stingrays are steady movers and they tend to make loops. Sometimes they rest on the bottom. To me they have personalities similar to cats. They are very aware and present in their environments, but remain aloof.
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Hello penguins! They paid no attention to people popping up and down in the plexiglass windows whatsoever. They are certainly their own species. Again, a cold climate encounter.

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We also enjoyed the unexpected frog exhibit.

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We hope to visit the The Georgia Aquarium again soon. (http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/).

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SeaWorld

 

20130330-120211.jpgWe went to SeaWorld on Thursday of spring break. Apparently the entire world is on break the week before Easter. So, saying it was crowded was an understatement.

The last time I went to SeaWorld was in July and the temperature was 105! That was so traumatic, I hadn’t gone back 10 years since, but I’m glad I finally did.

I like to explore natural exhibits most when I travel. I’m personally not a thrill seeker. I know big rides are a huge lure for theme parks, but what draws me in most are the natural wonders of this world.

SeaWorld has done a great job of showcasing God’s glorious sea creatures.

How can we wonder at the manta rays, the flamingos, the polar bears, the killer whales, the coral reefs…and not see God at work? He’s also alive in the 105 degree sun, the frigid arctic waters in the Shamu splash zone, alive in the balmy cool winter Florida breeze, and clearly alive on each child’s face watching a walrus feed.

SeaWorld allows us to encounter some of God’s most fascinating creatures. Any day we get to immerse ourselves in the glory of God’s creation and touch our hands to the glass a few feet away from a multitude of manta rays is a day well spent.

 

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