Slice of Life #8 – Of Jellyfish and Octopuses

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Today we visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium, a true gem of a  teaching, learning and hands-on experience museum.  I’ve been dreaming of seeing the jellyfish and the new Tentacles exhibit.  The pre-hype did not disappoint.

The jellyfish were absolutely stunning, magnetic in how they pulled me into their world and led me around and around their tank and inner home.

 The Jellyfish

Next, the octopuses (which is how the sign read NOT octopi.  Who knew?)  Their flowy bulbous body, eight (yes, we did count them) dangly, twisty, suction-cupped arms and two ink-black, soul-boring eyes completely entranced the lot of us.  We stood glued to our spots, unable to speak as we took in all that was unfolding in front of us.  The large, orangish-red octopus was propelling itself up to the top of the water then gently floating and spiraling down to the floor of tank.  Again and again, dancing to its own internal music, entertaining us all in wonderment and awe.

images-1I had been dreaming of seeing these dazzling creatures and the reality of their other-worldly beauty has left me speechless (almost) and strangely wanting more.

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4 thoughts on “Slice of Life #8 – Of Jellyfish and Octopuses

  1. Samantha Marquardt

    My husband and I took our boys to see the jellyfish exhibit in Chicago a few years ago and I was mesmerized by those amazing and beautiful creatures. Sounds like you had a wonderful time!!

  2. Underwater creatures mesmerize. Have you read Gentle Giant Octopus by by Karen Wallace? Such a beautiful book and fits with your words describing the octopus. Sounds like a fabulous day!

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