Aquarium of the Bay

On Tuesday, I caught the CalTrain from Sunnyvale, where I’m visiting family, up to San Francisco.

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That experience is a blog in and of itself that I’ll save for later.  Once in San Francisco, I caught the E light rail trolley down to Fisherman’s Wharf and over to Pier 39, home of the Aquarium of the Bay.

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You begin on the 3rd floor and look at some of the denizens who reside in San Francisco Bay.

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Then you take the elevator down to the first floor and the walk through tubes that represent the waters of the Bay, without all the cloudiness that is actually present.

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The jellyfish are set to the side, then you begin your walk-through.  I guess it is tiring being a display fish, as I found several just resting on their laurels (or tank shelf).

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There was also two large fish that looked like something you would find in the fossil record.

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Certainly made it easy to photograph them.  Next, you come to a small break with displays of some other creatures that wouldn’t do well in the tunnels, including crabs and rock clingers.

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Oh, and this guy.

Then, you move on to the larger tunnel, featuring sharks, rays and sturgeons.

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Finally, you take the elevator back upstairs to see the touch labs and the river otter exhibit.

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We arrived just in time to watch the feeding and the training they do with the otters.

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While not the least expensive place I’ve ever visited, if you keep in mind this is California, then the prices aren’t as bad.  For anyone 13-64, general admission is $26.95, ages 4-12 is $16.95, and seniors 65+ are $21.95.  There are optional add ons of behind the scenes tours or shark feedings plus options of adding on other attractions in the Fisherman’s Wharf area.

 

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