Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Under The Sea

Living a few hours away from the nearest ocean, my children haven't been exposed much to sea life. While we stayed in Newport, Oregon for Spring Break the weather was rather blustery and wet - in fact if those weren't hurricane force winds, then I definitely wouldn't want to be caught in one of those storms! The perfect solution to keeping the kids busy and dry was to visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium and The Hatfield Marine Science Center.


Spider Crab

Tufted Puffin

My daughter took well to observing the different marine animals. Her favorite seemed to be the jellyfish and the vibrant sunflower sea stars. She loved to touch the anemones and watch the sharks swim above her in the Passages of the Deep exhibit at The Aquarium.

My son however, wished that he never learned to walk so that he could be pushed around in a stroller or that Daddy would carry him everywhere.

And Mom and Dad enjoyed taking photos of the little darlings, capturing our adventures at the coast ... and we were lucky, we even got a few of them looking happy to be there.

The Aquarium is fairly spendy, but worth it for an occasional visit. The Marine Science Center is perfect for the scientifically-minded or for those who enjoy pushing buttons and looking through microscopes. And while we barely spent any time on the frigid beach like we would have liked, learning about what lives in the ocean went just swimmingly. Pun intended.


Anna said...

Wow, WOW! That jellyfish picture is a-mazing. However did you get that indoors? That building is wonderful, but lighting is always so dark!

So glad you had a good time. So glad you took pictures!

Kelly said...

That jellyfish photo turned out so well because it was floating in such an intensely blue tank (for which I am grateful)! You are right, a lot of our photos didn't turn out so well because that building is so dark.

TIP: For the spider crab photos, I put the camera lens squared up onto the glass and snapped away. Some photo editing came in handy too.

Kylie said...

Looks like you all had a fun spring break. Family time is always treasured (even in the wind and rain). Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures!