Friday, October 29, 2010

Under the sea...

It was incredible! Today we went to the Monterey Aquarium, the largest of it's kind in the world. I felt like a little kid at the Science Center in Vancouver again... okay I felt like that when I went there last year too ;o) It was super wicked, they have so many incredible displays of all different kinds of fish, and tanks with ones full of stuff you can touch!

They've even got live displays of penguins, flamingos, murres (birds that kind of look like penguins), sea otters and other sea birds and the cool thing is that they are all rescues which they were unable to return to the wild, so now people get to see them up close! There are tonnes of cool fish and sea horses and sharks - hopefully the closest I will *ever* be to a shark.

I took a bzillion pictures, and even some video but I haven't had a chance to go through it all yet. I will post some if they turned out alright ;o) Wow! If you ever get the chance, definitely check it out. It took us most of the day, and I could see staying longer... it's too bad they don't do sleepovers *grins*

One of the cool things about the aquarium was that it was started by David Packard, the co-founder of Hewlett-Packard. There was also a large investment made into continuing ocean research. While the research uncovers more of the world under the sea, the aquarium makes those discoveries available to everyone.

The aquarium introduces you to the wonders under the sea, and how and why they should be protected, but it also places a large emphasis on what each individual person can do to reduce their carbon foot print.

I wasn't expecting to see anything about climate change, which is usually viewed as a sticky topic... and internationally seems to hold such controversy in the states. It has all been very well presented, and really makes you think about what impact you are having on the world around you, just by the choices you make every single day.

I walked all over town *again*... So what did you do to reduce your carbon foot print today?