Sunday, October 9, 2011
NY Aquarium (Brooklyn): Surf Ave
NYC Aquarium has educational components, like the coral labs which save wild coral reefs (see right), the descriptions of the effects of over-fishing, the use of sea horses in Chinese herbal medicine, and the economic support provided to indigenous populations when people buy pets like colorful Tetra fish from pet stores.
There are also fabulous live action shows. At the Aquatheater you can see California sea lions really perform with their trainers. At various scheduled times of the day you can also watch the staff feed the sharks, walruses, sea otters, and penguins. And in season, there are hands-on touch pools where kids (and adults) can experience "first hand" underwater animals.
Finally, for those who would like to try a 4D experience, the aquarium offers two short movies to choose from. One is "Happy Feet" and the other is the "Curse of Skull Rock." For a kiddie audience, I would recommend the first, but if you can take a little scare, try the second. I was surprised by the spraying water and the sudden pokes in the back from the seating. It was great fun and a nice break from walking around the park. It's worth the extra admission price.
Ok, I loved the aquariums so much that I decided to just post a few more pictures to share their beauty.... Enjoy.