Friday, June 12, 2009

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Secret Lives of Seahorses

I love the Monterey Bay Aquarium but their timing was bad on this one. Opening a new exhibit within a couple of days of my daughter's due date. Stinkers. And even going to a member preview while 9 months pregant somehow didn't seem like a great idea (nothing like giving birth in an artichoke field half way to Monterey).

Anyway, part of why we've been trying to go to museums and stretch out car distances and stuff is to work up to a trip to Monterey before the summer crowds get too crazy.

Great exhibit - I didn't do a whole lot of photography since it was fairly crowded and we didn't want to dilly dally (and I know I'll be back in February) but I grabbed a few shots here and there. One's from the seahorse exhibit, one's some of the jellies in the outer bay (I have tons of shots of them already but just can't resist). But getting back to the seahorses - they have a huge variety of seahorse and related species - very cool stuff. As usual everything's lovely - the room lighting, the tank lighting, the informational displays. The attention to detail's very impressive.

It's not exactly a secret - they have 1.8 million visitors a year and Monterey's population is 30,000 so somebody's finding the place - but I think most people don't realize just how often they rotate some of the exhibits so I like to mention it when there's something new.


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