Saturday, July 16, 2005

Rain, Rain Go Away to Ontario

Colin wanted to hike to the Harding Ice Field so we were going to do that today. Rain started at 8:15am and looked like it was going to continue for a long while (it was still drizzling when I went to bed at 11:00pm) so we decided to postpone the hike. Instead we went to the Alaska SeaLife Center. The SeaLife Center is a premier research, rehabilitation and public education center. The designers of the centre did a great job in making it child friendly. There are touch tanks, puzzles, question / answer board as well as the usual displays. On of the exhibits was a huge tank (depth of 21 feet) with a land section on the top (you could see the underwater section from the lower floor and a bit of the underwater and the land section from the upper floor). This exhibit contained puffins, common murres and some other sea birds as well as fish. In this tank you could watch the puffins and murres “flying” under water (the birds have been know to swim hundreds of feet under water). I watched one puffin swimming under water then pop out of the water by about a foot when it surfaced. Another interesting exhibit was the octopus and her babies. Over a hundred of the babies had hatched in the past week. The babies were about 1/4 inch long and 1/8 inch in diameter and mostly transparent.


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