Chris and I went to the Long Beach Aquarium this weekend so I could do some studies of marine arthropods for a class. Aquariums are special to me. When I was six years old I decided that being an astronaut was overrated and that I should become a marine biologist instead. Obviously that didn't happen (as it turns out I'm not so great at maths), but I am still infatuated with marine life.
Since it was a long weekend, the aquarium was more crowded than usual. As we expected, there were a lot of families there. Parents of rambunctious boys--I don't know how you guys manage to muster the energy to keep up.
The first thing we saw when we approached the aquarium was this:
Inside the building we saw a lot of this:
The poor aquarium employee monitoring the touch tanks was having a particularly tough day:
Basically I witnessed a lot of misbehaving from many a hyper child (often at the expense of one or more animals). However, I also saw a lot of really well-behaved kids who were just as amazed by marine life as I was at their age. This guy was awestruck by the giant spider crabs:
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