Scripps Aquarium

Yesterday when we saw the S’s, they wanted to get together today and do something. A couple weeks ago they had invited us to go with them to visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps, but then we came down with the flu, and they ended up being busy so they didn’t go.

They wanted to be there when the aquarium opened, which was at 9am, so we had to leave the house by about 7:50. I would have gladly slept in, but I was excited about seeing the aquarium.

We listened (and sang along with) a couple of our new Psalm tapes in the truck on the way down.

When we arrived, there were only a few cars in the parking lot, and we parked right next to the S’s car. We walked up to the ticket booth and waited in line, but there was no S’s to be seen. It appeared that the ticket booth was only just opened after we had been standing there for awhile, so we assumed they had to be somewhere on the grounds.

We went in and started walking through the first exhibit, and after about 10 minutes Mr. S comes waltzing back from the far end, saying that they were already half-way through and decided they’d better come look for us! I still have no idea how they got in!

Mr. S is actually a fish fanatic. He has traveled the world, and is a photographer, as well. He has even written at least 1 2 3 4 books on fish. (Published by Barons) He also took all the photos in them. So it was like having our own tour guide.

There were some amazing tanks. There was one especially impressive one. The Docent (never heard that word before, I guess it’s like a facts guy that works for the aquarium) said that it was between 50,000 and 70,000 gallons. We saw a giant octopus being fed (that was incredible!) and saw some smaller (4ft) sharks. That was MJ’s favorite part. There were also several other types of fish throughout that were large, maybe 1 1/2 – 2 ft long. We saw a couple huge moray eels, a giant lobster (made me hungry!) cuttlefish, lionfish, ooh! And some jelly fish! They had one tank with the round whitish kind, another with the reddish kind with the super long tenticles, and one with these itty-bitty tiny little baby ones. All were neat. Going to a place like this makes me really marvel at the beauty and abundant variety of God’s creation. There truly is a whole other universe in the ocean. So many wonderful and strange creatures.

Outside the aquarium, (which is right on the coast, so we got a nice panoramic of the Pacific) there were some tidepools with sea slugs, starfish, anemonies, etc for you to touch. I don’t think I ended up touching anything, but M did. Oh, I did touch some empty shark eggs that they had in one exhibit. They were really strange. Horn Shark Eggs They looked like this and were kind of hard, rubbery, shell things.

After seeing all there was to be seen at the aquarium, we all went back to Temecula to eat lunch at a new Thai restaurant. The decor was really fancy, including a fountain in the middle with elephants spraying water from their trunks, but the prices really weren’t too expensive. I had a beef vegetable platter. It was delicious. My only complaint is that after feeding E and MJ from my plate, I wished there was more. We almost have to start ordering at least one more plate for them to share. Guess we’ll have to start frequenting those “Kids eat free” places.

We had a good day, seeing beautiful fish, eating delicous food, and having fun with friends!

JJ

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    Cherry89 said,

    I was hoping you could tell me the name and possibly the address of the thai restaurant you went to with the elepants playing. I hope to take my bf for valentine’s there. please help

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    Jardini said,

    Great post, I love aquariums 🙂


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