Mr F and I celebrated our anniversary with jelly fish, moon fish, sea horses, sea otters, sharks, coral, etcetera at The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.
Celebrations always include food. Ours, at the end of the day, came with a sunset view of the ocean, a bottle of Italian vino, too much loud music, and good things to eat.
All the seals, sea otters and sharks at the Long Beach Aquarium were rescue animals each one with a dreadful story of being caught in nets, or having swallowed something plastic.
It’s a sobering reminder that our plastic bottles and plastic bags are still ending up in the ocean.
The Guinness Book of World Records named the plastic bag the most ubiquitous consumer product of 2009, as it is produced on a worldwide scale by the trillions, just to be thrown away.
FYI I’ve written posts about
- the “plastic soup” of trash floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
- plastic bags (only 5% are recycled in California)
- eating ocean friendly seafood .
I include a slide show of my photos, which were all taken with my little point and shoot camera, and have not been “photoshopped” in any way.
This is what lies beneath.
If you haven’t been to an aquarium recently, you should go. Don’t know where to find one? According to ZooChat, there are over 50 in North America.
Ocean Institute Dana Point California
Doheny State Beach Visitor Center Dana Point California
Birch Aquarium at Scripps La Jolla California
Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific Long Beach California
Roundhouse Lab and Aquarium Manhattan Beach California
UCLA Ocean Discovery Center Monica Beach California
Monterey Bay Aquarium Monterey Bay California
Morro Bay Aquarium Morro Bay California
Sea World of California San Diego California
Aquarium of the Bay San Francisco California
Steinhart Aquarium San Francisco California
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium San Pedro California
The Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur San Pedro California
Santa Barbara Sea Center Santa Barbara California
Seymour Marine Discovery Centre Santa Cruz California
Ocean Discovery Centre Santa Monica California
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (formerly Marine World) Vallejo California
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