Friday, June 29, 2007

Aquarium Visit

This is my first summer home with the kids. I decided to have some 'field trips' to break up the monotony of home-time with mommy. Our first field trip was to the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT. We met another family on Wednesday and spent the entire afternoon at the aquarium.

We saw an IMAX movie about ancient Greece. I've become quite a history advocate after listening to Dr. Peikoff's lecture on the Philosophy of Education. Most of the movie dealt with with some new archaeological finds in Santorini and also really emphasized how influential ancient Greek culture has been in America. It portrayed the importance of thought quite well--for a movie at slightly under an hour.

We also walked through a Sponge Bob Square Pants exhibit. I am not a big fan of modern cartoons (preferring Johnny Quest and Scooby Doo), but the exhibit was quite interesting. Different types of sponges, mollusks, crabs, and lobsters were on display. I got to see an American lobster (the kind you're used to seeing if you order a whole lobster in a restaurant or on display in the grocery store) and a spiny lobster. I had actually done some reading about lobsters in my Joy of Cooking cookbook where they described the two types. I did not expect to see the spiny type ever. Apparently the spiny lobster has no claws--so no yummy claw meat. When you buy lobster tails only, it is the spiny lobster that you're generally getting.

The Maritime Aquarium concentrates on the types of animals found in the Long Island Sound and the open Atlantic ocean. They also have a 'touch' area where samples of creatures that can be touched are available.

We also saw part of a reptile exhibit. Only part because it was outdoors and began to rain!

The pictures are a Starfish--oops! Not any more. They have been renamed to 'Sea Stars' because they are not actually fish (as though we couldn't figure that out), feeding time for the harbor seals, an Atlantic sturgeon. Below: sea turtle, SHARK!!, a jelly fish (maybe they should be renamed too--sea jelly, anyone?), a baby American alligator which was part of an outdoor reptile exhibit, a display of the coral reef--with Nemo and Dory, and an otter.

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