As it was World Oceans Day this weekend, we decided to make a trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
One of the good things about Delaware is that a lot of places are quite easily accessible. Baltimore is about an hour’s drive from where we are.
The National Aquarium turned out to be a 5 story building with some very interesting exhibits.In a very thoughtful gesture, in place of escalators, the aquarium has inclined moving walkways for most parts. I wonder why this was not uniformly implemented throughout the building.
Inside we were given a little scavenger hunt to do.
- Look for the stripped burr fish – Found it,but in a different tank from the clue
- Find the elusive electric eel – Found it hiding in front of a rock right next to the glass
- Take a close look at the puffins sharp beak – Also noted how fast the swim!
- Feel the water in the air in the rain forest exhibit – This was by far the best exhibit, as it had an open section, with birds flying
- over head and a sloth moving among the trees
- Can you find atleast 3 poison dart frogs? – Found them all
- Find a sand tiger shark – Did you know they have 3,000 teeth? Impressive huh?
- Take a look at our jellies – A TV programme, and some reading material at the exhibit told me that the jellies are taking over our oceans.
- Check out our dolphins – We saw the dolphins being filmed as a part of an experiment. I know it’s mean, but we were disappointed that they wouldn’t be jumping through hoops for us.
- Spot the Archerfish -Spotted, even though we didn’t see them spitballing flies out of action.
The exhibit that seemed to have caught everyone’s fancy though, was the octopus. Did you know, a hungry adult octopus may eat young octopi?