When we were in Valencia, Spain, we went to a wonderful place. We went to the Oceanografic Aquarium! I was soooooo excited that I woke up at six in the morning. When the Aquarium finally opened, it was ten in the morning. We were some of the first people in. Once inside Jacob and I got audio guides in english, so we could learn more about the animals.
After we got our audio guides, we headed for the underwater tunnel in the “Temperate Zone” section. In the underwater tunnel I saw all types of fish. Big, small, red, blue, green, grey and loads more! My favourite one was about 5 inches long. It had different shades of black and grey on the belly and red fading into white from top to bottom. He was absolutely my favourite fish. Sadly they didn’t have a description of it, so I don’t know its name. In the same tank there were eels too. They were not very pretty and I was not too interested in them.
Farther along the tunnel in a different, separated section, there were sharks and sting rays. My favourite one was the ray that blended in with the sand. I couldn’t find the name of it because the shark tunnel had lots of people in it. It was too busy.
The absolutely weirdest fish in all of the tunnel sections was the Sunfish. A Sunfish is a fish that looks like a….. well it doesn’t look like anything I’ve every seen. When my Dad went scuba diving on a night dive on a ship wreck he saw a huge Sunfish. He said that it scared the pants off of him because he didn’t know what it was at the time. You have to look at this picture.
The next section of the Aquarium we went to was the Dolphin Show. Once we settled down for the show, all the Dolphins and their trainers came out and the show started. There was eight dolphins in total. During the show the dolphins did amazing flips and spins. One time one of the dolphins jumped so high that he went almost hit the bottom of the pool. He had so much momentum that he couldn’t slowed down.
At the end there was a big surprise. Something I had never seen at a dolphin show before… One of the trainers got in with the dolphins and rode along with the dolphin. At one point the trainer put her feet on the dolphins nose. The dolphin started swimming and pushing the trainer with its nose. It swam really fast and the trainer looked like she had some sort of jet underneath her. After that trainer got out and another went in. This time he and the dolphin jumped into the air with the trainer on the dolphins nose! They both went up several metres!
Once the fantastic dolphin show was finished we went to the bird habitat. In this habitat there were some lovely birds. There were some bright red ones, some pink, some blue and others looked like they had a kiwi fruit for a head. One of my favourite birds was the one with a flat, very long beak. We were allowed to touch this one, but only if the bird came forward. When I went up to the bird, he came closer and nibbled on my finger. It wasn’t what you would expect though. This bird’s beak felt almost like a very thin piece of wood. It was a weird feeling.
In another habitat, there was something special. When we walked in, it wasn’t a row of tanks with different fish in them. It was one big tank. One big tank on a stage surrounded by theatre seats. It was one big show! It was super cool! There were all types of fish, even sharks! I think they were sharks that don’t eat other fish.
Finally the aquarium visit was coming to an end, but not before the seals and sea lions! When we went to this enclosure, Jacob and I made names for some of the animals. One looked like Vernon from Harry Potter because he was so fat and one looked like Dudley! Jacob and I thought there couldn’t be a Vernon and a Dudley without Harry so we picked a really skinny one to be Harry. I learn’t there are lots of differences between seals and sea lions.
Sadly we had to leave the aquarium. I wish I could have stayed longer. Every time I go to an aquarium it makes me want to be a marine biologist even more! I hope I will one day be one.