Monday, December 7, 2015

Hello Fishes!!! Edible Skinny Does the Monterey Bay Aquarium!

Hello Fishes!!!  While up in Monterey a month ago Edible Skinny was lucky enough to experience the watery wonder of the Monterey Bay Aquarium!

While there Edible Skinny discovered the extraterrestrial world of kelp forests, granite reefs and the open sea tanks filled with hammerhead sharks, sea otters, penguins, octopuses, jellies and countless other creature.

Rated the #1 aquarium in the world by TripAdvisor, the famous educational fish tank is located bayside on the site of a former sardine cannery on Cannery Row (made famous by one Mr. John Steinback…).  Showcasing the wildlife and habitats of The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary the aquarium has an attendance of more than two million visitors a year.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium's 28-foot Kelp Forest is one of the tallest aquarium exhibits in the world.   It allows a scuba diver’s eye into the world of sardines, sharks, and eels as they bob and weave through swaying fronds of kelp!   We were on site to experience not one but two fish feedings:  the Open Sea and Kelp Forrest. 

During our the Open Sea feeding we learned that that the Monterey Bay Aquarium has the oldest recorded Hammerhead shark in captivity, a female that's thirteen years old.  This same shark is also the largest on record, clocking in at twelve feet long (something you definitely don't want to encounter when scuba diving...). 

Fun fact, they actually have the feed these sharks separate from the tuna that share the tank with because the tuna, in their excited hunger state, might slam into the sharks gravely injuring them (shark's are pure cartilage so they don't do well with sixty mile per hour tuna charging into them...) 

I was once again delighted by the aquarium's Jellyfish exhibit (I adore Jellyfish!!!) which features native Jellies including the: sea nettles, moon jellies, and the nearly invisible crystal jellyfish.

Here's to never encountering a 12 foot Hammerhead or a tuna charging at sixty miles per hour, and to life being delicious!


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