Life is better down where its wetter, according to Sebastian the crab from The Little Mermaid, a favorite movie from my childhood (and adulthood, for that matter – I can still recite most of the lines!)
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved the ocean and been fascinated by the idea that there is a whole other world below the water’s surface. To indulge my mermaid fantasies, I invited my two younger sisters to the New England Acquarium with me last Friday. I hadn’t been there in YEARS, so was eager to check it out. We were excited, also, to see the new Sharks & Rays exhibit that has been heavily promoted around the city. They actually had a “touch tank” as part of this exhibit.
We saw penguins, fur seals, octopus, fish of all sorts, jelly fish, sharks, rays, turtles, and eels. We also saw a show at the (fairly) new IMAX theatre. I definitely enjoyed myself (thanks to Andrea and Nicole), but I was not blown away by the experience. I guess I had high expectations for the exhibits, given the price we paid for tickets (not to mention parking!). Then again, I’m sure the cost of running an aquarium and owning property on Boston’s beautiful waterfront is not cheap, by any means.
I’ve heard rumors that the Acquarium is going to be re-built, which I welcome 100%. The building was built in the 60’s and you can definately tell. All-in-all, I had a lot of fun. Unfortunately, the pictures didn’t come out too great due to some battery issues and weird lighting, but I did my best. Here are a few (click on the photos to enlarge):