Our cruise returned to Los Angele early in the morning, but our plane home did not leave until much later. We made a short visit to Long Beach. Without much time, we chose to only visit the Aquarium of the Pacific.
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Without planning to do it, we have spent a lot of time looking at sea life. In our younger days we enjoyed snorkeling and diving in the Virgin Islands. We have been to aquariums in Baltimore, Maryland, Tampa and Orlando, Florida, Bergen, Norway and Copenhagen, Denmark. I probably have forgotten a bunch.
We agreed, however, that our few hours at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach were probably the best. Covering five acres, there was more than we could see.
They had more jellyfish that we had ever seen before. Growing up on the Atlantic coast, we associated jellies with getting stung while swimming. I never realized how beautiful they could be. Alie now gleefully says “I petted a jellyfish!” It turns out you can handle the tops of some varieties without hurting yourself or them [although disinfecting lotion was available before and after]. With no brain, heart or lungs, these creatures have been around for over 500 million years.
Unfortunately, on a Friday at the end of the school year, the place was packed with elementary school children and all the noise they bring. However, it did provide one highlight. I was pushing Alie in a wheelchair as she cannot walk long distances or stand for long times. As we were working our way through one particularly crowded spot, a boy about eight years old shouted: “Make way; make way; old lady coming through.”