Apr 23, 2011

Under the Sea

This past weekend we went to Biloxi for Damon to attend a continuing education seminar and for the girls and I to play with Mawmaw and Pawpaw. After trying the beach that morning and finding it a little too chilly, we searched for other fun things to do nearby. On the internet, we found the Oceanarium, which promised dolphins, sea lion shows, and much more. Unfortunately, this information appears to be outdated, because when we called them the number was disconnected, and the attached web link directed us to this place...
The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies does two tours per day.  The tour starts with a short film, and then it is on to the touch pool...
Cille was very impressed, but she's not really a big toucher yet...
See the triangle on the bottom of this crab?  It means she is a girl.  The boys have a little rocket ship shape on the bottom...
You can see that Stella is a little overwhelmed by all this information...
Petting the horseshoe crab...
Doesn't really look like someone you want to pet, does he?
Can you spot the fish in this picture?
Checking out the pretend injured dolphin.  One of the institute's missions is dolphin rescue...
Stella got to go digging for shark teeth...
Cille enjoyed this display.  She is definitely a seal...
And happy to be one!
If you visit Biloxi with older kids, this place might be a good fit for you. The staff was very knowledgeable about marine life and the tour was very educational. This was pretty much lost on Stella and Cille, who would have enjoyed watching a sea lion do silly tricks a lot more than a lecture on crabs. They have dolphins, but they are not on display yet, so we could only see them from about 50 yards away as they swam around their pool. One day soon this will be a great attraction for all ages, but right now it is a lot like Princess Tiana..."Almost there!"

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