Besides all of the indoor aquariums with plenty of fish, and even some other creatures, like frogs. There are outside, open air aquariums too. These aquariums range from large to small. With sea lions and such, to star fish and sting rays you can "pet".
|My Love petting a sting ray|
The petting pool really allows you to dive right in, cheesy line but true. Petting the sting ray feels awesome, but it is a little nerve wrecking when they splash around. (You get some Steve Irwin flashes ya know). But it was fun anyways. I personally love the star fish. In these shallow tanks they also have some bright very recognizable fish for the kids.
|Dory (Finding Nemo)|
Finally, after a great day of being amazed. We headed upstairs to cafe scuba to get something to eat. Expensive like any amusement type place, but tastes fine. We were even able to sit outside on the deck to look out over the ocean while we ate. The only downside to this was the seagulls who have become accustomed to receiving their breakfast, lunch, and dinner from this deck. Therefore, they are no longer intimidated by people.
On the way out we watched the sharks and other fish swim around the giant tanks. It is absolutely incredible to see the giant sting rays literally fly through the water. And the huge sharks seemingly held up by nothing.
We walked around the harbor a bit before returning home for the day. We sat on the rocks and talked for awhile with a view of the Queen Mary which will be a trip for another day.