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Field trips are just as great for high schoolers as for young students, but for various reasons we have done fewer trips as my kids have gotten older. When we do get a chance to go on a trip that is fun and relates directly to what we're studying, we jump on it! Such was the case last week when a mom in our homeschool group had organized a trip for us to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. The timing was just about perfect for us, as Kennady was just ready to start studying aquatic life in her Biology 101 course. We made sure to watch that chapter of the DVD and look over some of the notes prior to our visit to the aquarium, and this week we'll be following up with further study of aquatic animals, and I'm hoping some related artwork will appear as well.
When you go on a field trip, you have to take lots of pictures, and I tried to do just that. Getting pictures through aquarium glass and water, and of moving creatures presents a challenge, of course, and I use just a simple camera, so don't expect anything spectacular!
The first exhibit you see when you enter the aquarium is the Blacktip Reef. This huge exhibit is visible from many vantage points, and features sharks, fish, and rays, as well as a green sea turtle.
This whale skeleton is suspended above the Blacktip Reef and gives a bit of perspective on how big some seagoing animals are.
There are five levels in this part of the aquarium building (actually, six, since there's also an underwater viewing area), so that first view is Level 1. Next up is the Maryland: Mountains to the Sea exhibit which features animals in the streams, marshes, beaches, and coastal waters of Maryland. Then on Level 3 there is a Living Seashore exhibit which continues showing off Mid-Atlantic shore life. And there's a couple of touchpools that allow visitors to touch horseshoe crabs, whelks, stingrays, skates, and moon jellies.
|Moon Jelly Touchpool|
|Emerald Tree Boa|
|This curmudgeonly fellow is a Silver Arowana from the Amazon River Forest.|
|I don't remember what kind of fish this guy is, but he seems much more friendly.|
Although we saw the puffins, their exhibit is behind glass which is covered with water droplets, making it pretty difficult to get a decent picture. Instead I took pictures of the pictures on the informational display!
At this point, we took our lunch break, so we could eat and get back in time for a dolphin show.
|Using the moving walkway as a treadmill. Goof.|
|Kennady and friends|
If I remember correctly, these are Blue Blubber Jellies.
|Pacific Sea Nettles|
|Atlantic Sea Nettle|
|Don't remember the species name, but this|
jelly glows in the dark!
and from the top, from the rainforest exhibit.
In the rain forest area, there are frogs, sloths, taramins, tortoises, and several kinds of birds.
|Golden Lion Tamarin|
|Yellow-headed Amazon Parrot|
We found this little guy in the reef, and he really seemed to want attention!
In addition to Australian fish, like this one (again, I don't remember the species, but it looks pretty much done with everything!), there are plenty of birds and reptiles.
|There is an Australian fish named Mouth Almighty. Too funny!|
|Official group photo of Kennady and friends.|
|And a silly picture too.|
|They couldn't talk us into buying Moray Eel|
stuffies, but it was fine to pose for a picture.
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