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Sunday, December 03, 2006 

Big Al Goes Fishing at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

I took a little break from work by going out to the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) for a little rest and relaxation with Jo. I had some high expectations going to this place given that I'm in the "industry". Unfortunately, the MBA did not meet them.

(Leaving the Big Al mark at the MBA)

I'm not here to bash the MBA because it is a great place. I was here about 20+ years ago and from what I can remember there was much improvement. The only thing I can remember from the 1980's was the cylinder anchovie tank. To my surprise it's still there probably with the great-great-great grandchildren of the fish that I saw back in the days. I guess I was hoping for more of a coral selection. They have one corner that has the marine fish and corals, but it's very small. One would more of a kick by going to a good aquarium store.
(Jo molesting the bat rays at the touch pool)

We covered the aquarium in about 3-4 hours. The most impressive things were the touch pools where we could grab the bat rays, sea cucumbers, snails and other interesting things.

(2 Marmaduke's outside the MBA)

They have a rather large tank that housed a huge sun fish, a great white shark, gigantic tuna and barricudas. The jelly fish aquarium was pretty impressive too as they had several different species there that had some kind of blacklight that made the jellyfish light up.

The MBA is a great place to visit for a day trip. So in the great words of Reading Rainbow, I highly recommend it, but "don't take my word for it". Ciao!