The Great Lakes Aquarium

We don’t go to aquariums very often, but I’m glad we went to this one.

There were three touch pools at the aquarium. The first one had several horseshoe crabs and two bamboo sharks. The horseshoe crabs felt almost soft, almost like they had a thin piece of felt on their backs. The bamboo sharks felt kind of like a mix between a snake and a normal fish, which is slimy and slippery.

The second touch tank had moon jellyfish and two types of anemone and starfish. I worked up the courage to touch the jellyfish but not the anemone, as they were supposed to latch onto your hand. I didn’t want to be touched back. No thank you! Because the jellyfish are mostly water and they rely mostly on the current to move, they just went down when you touched them. It felt sort of like gently pushing a very thick plastic bag underwater. At the exit of this touch tank there was a tiny albino turtle. It was so cute!!

The third touch tank was the coolest. Literally and figuratively. The water temperature was 62 degrees, and held sturgeon. There were several different types of sturgeon. Some were small, a few had a diamond pattern on their backs and there was one huge one that was all black. The first one I felt was very slippery and fleshy. Most of the fish were like that. The one with the diamond pattern was very bony, but still slick. The black one was sand papery. I didn’t like him much.

There was a section on the bottom floor that had three large tanks and two small ones. The small ones held different types of small fish like tetras and other types of fish like the ones in stores. The first large one had lots of larger fish, like oscars. My father said he had an Oscar years ago and had to give it away when he moved. He said he used to feed it live lizards from outside. The second big tank had ten or so piranhas. They are smaller than I thought they would be and very pretty. My favorite one was all black, with gold specks all along his sides. He was sitting under the water jet enjoying the massage. The last one held an electric eel. There were speakers and Christmas lights that randomly turned on and off as if he was charging it. He was not actually charging it, but that would be cool!

The aquarium had a large otter tank on the bottom floor. I love otters! I could watch them play all day long. There were two sides of the cage, separated by what is supposed to look like a cliff with a waterfall so that the otters can keep playing and not be watched. A man came out from behind the enclosure and put little pieces of fish all over the ground to encourage the otters to keep playing on our side of the cage. They had a little slide made out of a tube that was cut in half.

After the otters, there is a small tank with a bunch of seahorses in it. There were pot bellied seahorses and pipefish. I love seahorses almost as much as I love otters, so we sat there for a while. One of the little seahorses latched onto one of the pipefish and took a piggyback ride!

There is a huge tank right in the middle of the bottom floor filled with tons of different types of fish. They had big sturgeons and smaller fish that I don’t know the name of. One of the fish was sitting at a weird angle and looked like he was missing his top jaw. When we moved, we saw that his mouth was open and decided that the glass was just wonky.

My favorite part of the aquarium was either the otters or the sturgeon in the touch tank. I can’t decide between the two. We plan on going to the aquarium in Chicago, so i will write a post about that one and will be able to compare the two. That’s all I have for this post, so now it’s time for the #randomfactofthepost!

Using “fish” when talking about a fish or plural fish is correct, but using “fishes” is correct when talking about plural species of fish.


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