There are so many world class aquariums that can offer a wonderful fun environment for learning. One of the best places I learned about penguins was in Boston at the New England Aquarium which is home to more than 80 African, rockhopper and little blue penguins.
The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga provides amazing information on animal life not only in tropical oceans and maritime regions but also explains the ecosystems of rivers. Inside the River Journey building, visitors are delighted by river otters, colorful frogs, turtles and freshwater fish species such as beautiful trout, giant catfish and prehistoric-looking sturgeon.
My fascination with jellyfish is best served when they are on the other side of the glass. I have been stung once and don’t care to repeat that experience. But the jellyfish display at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport is marvelous. The designer did a great job with the cobalt blue display color highlighting the orange of the jellyfish.
A glass tunnel permits people to walk through a huge tank which shows the deep sea environment off the coast of Oregon.
One other exhibit of note was a temporary display of “art” made with all the trash found along the beaches and as flotsam on the ocean surface. It explained how trashy the ocean has become as people are more and more careless and thoughtless of where they dump their trash….it all flows to the seas. I questioned and was told yes, much the white stuff I can see from an airplane window crossing the Atlantic is trash!