Saturday, September 18, 2010

Waikiki Aquarium

Crumpet's dad was sick over the weekend, so we left him to sleep and headed off to the Waikiki Aquarium. The aquarium is right on the beach in a very pretty spot. It's teeny tiny but very well done. They focus on coral and sea creatures that are found in this area. The different types of coral and fish were incredibly beautiful. And often very weird!

Crumpet was extremely enthusiastic about this trip. When I told him where we were going, he announced "Oh, I've ALWAYS wanted to go there!" He ran from exhibit to exhibit, telling me all about what we were looking at. I was amazed by how many of the critters he could identify! In the picture below, he's listening to the audio tour to see what else he could teach me.
This tank was full of clown fish and gorgeous anemones:
Here's Crumpet with a giant clam shell:
This looks like Crumpet is standing in front of a painting, but it's really a beautiful outdoor tank:
This is hard to see, but the tank below is filled with large clams. I don't think I've ever seen a live clam in the sea. They come in an amazing array of colors:
The aquarium also has 2 rescued Hawaiian monk seals. These are very rare seals - only about 1400 left in the world. One of my major goals/dreams while living here is to find one basking on a beach...
Sleepy, cozy monk seal:

I wouldn't really recommend this aquarium to anyone coming to Oahu for a short visit, because there are much more exciting things to see, but it was a really nice way to spend an afternoon with Crumpet. For more field trip posts, visit Live the Adventure.

1 comment:

  1. Everytime I read one of your posts it makes me think that the cruise really would be fun! LOL We're heading back to an aquarium next week for a field trip. Can't wait. If we can't be at the ocean, an aquarium is the next best thing. :) I can't believe that Crumpet is actually standing in front of a tank- you're right, it does look like a painting! Thanks for linking up to Field Trip Friday! Blessings! :)