I realize that there are many folks who would much rather be out and about in daylight and sunshine (weather permitting) than immersed in the gloom of a low-ambient-light display of underwater habitats and the critters that are to be found there. I am happy to say that I can easily embrace both extremes, and that I have the additional advantage of having a daughter who has become an enthusiastic marine biologist, a profession that I also seriously considered. During our recent road trip to California to meet up with her, we made a memorable visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I’ve been an avid fan of marine fauna and flora for quite some time, and have taken advantage of opportunities to visit aquariums (aquaria?) in no fewer than a dozen countries, and I’ve seen some beauties, but this was without question one of the best ever.
The quality of care taken with the displays, the cleanliness of the habitats, and the elegance of the lighting were among the best that I have ever seen, anywhere.
In retrospect, there’s a niggling tug on my strings that pulls a part of my conscience toward the adage of “shooting fish in a barrel,“ but I honestly didn’t feel that while I was there.