I hadn’t been to the Aquarium of the Pacific since the 8th grade, so I was super excited to go back and it was WELL WORTH IT. First of all, I got to touch about a million little sharks in the shark area, and I could have stayed indefinitely and touched more. I was even thinking about going back at the end of our visit just to touch them one more time, but I knew that it would never feel like enough, so I decided not to make myself suffer through saying goodbye yet AGAIN. THere was a volunteer who got to stand in the lagoon, who had the BEST JOB IN THE WORLD, i.e. helping out the little kids who were too little to reach the sharks by PICKING UP THE SHARKS AND BRINGING THEM TO THESE LITTLE KIDS. I can’t tell you how jealous I was. Plus, fun fact, little cute sharks apparently sleep in piles atop of one another like giant shark slumber parties, making them EVEN CUTER.
Then, we went to the ray pond, which was pretty much the same mess of emotions all over again. The friendly ones woud see your fingers in the water and come over and flap themselves up on the side of the pond so that you could pet them, and I DIED EVERY TIME IT WAS TOO MUCH TO HANDLE.
And when you couple those with the sea lion/harbor seal viewing area and the CUTEST SEA OTTER in the world, you’ll understand why I was in heaven. OMG OMG.