Be ye pirates at the The Melbourne Aquarium…

Posted by on Jan 8, 2012 in Activities, Melbourne, Museum, Tourist | 0 comments

Be ye pirates at the The Melbourne Aquarium…

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Anyone else worried about my current obsession with the Melbourne Aquarium? In less than a year I have returned to this fishy underwater oasis in the middle of Melbourne to potter with the penguins, have fun with the fish and skulk with the sharks.
 
On Friday night Dee and I decided that a trip to the Melbourne aquarium would be a perfect summer outing (temperature controlled and dark) although I recall using similar logic justifying a winter trip lat year…hmmm I often marvel at my ability to justify these things. Shall I just say instead that it’s a year round nice outing? 
 
Over this Jan there were a few new things to see including the Sharks of Shipwreck cove and feeding time for the Stingrays.
The place was a little more packed than last visit but this in way impeded the fun of the trip as we marveled and the strange and amazing creatures all swimming about right next to the Yarra. 

Melbourne Aquarium

 
The penguins are of course still totally adorable with a few giant babies in a nursery (so cute!) in their extra fluffiness.
And speaking of cute babies – how adorajable is this little baby turtle?  There was a tank with a few of these lil guys in and they seemed the sort to make mischief… 

Melbourne Aquarium

 

 

On my last visit I totally wimped out when it came time to pick up one of the starfish so this time I made Dee go first (the pic below is the starfish just beginning to relax into her hands), put my hand into the water twice and wimped out. I then graciously let a little girl (probably a third of my age) have a go and then she kindly put one in my hand – no idea why it freaked me out so much. The little starfish was weightless, a little bumpy and cool to touch. He didn’t sting me. He didn’t eat me. He didn’t cling to my skin and need to be surgically removed. Hurray!
 

 

 

Melbourne Aquarium

 
After our great feat of bravery we washed our hands and headed down to my beloved oceanarium to go and watch the Sting Rays being fed. They collected us into a large group and then allowed everyone to sit of the floor while we were told a little about the Rays and watched two brave employees feed the cute little rays (cuter when you don’t recall that someone got stung here a few months ago) some fish. 

Melbourne Aquarium

 

 

Pretty massive right? Given my issues with the starfish I think it might take me decades to get close to swimming with one of these – although if it’s your cup o tea you are able to buy tickets that include that very privilege.
 

 

Melbourne Aquarium

 
We wrapped up our trip at the infamous Pirates Cove shark tank where over 600 diver hours went into creating a shipwreck in the large tank. Our Pirate host advised us Mateys that he might slip in and out of Pirate speak (entirely understandable) and told us a little about the sharks in the tank and then introduced us to the shipwrecks ghost. We were told if we waited another 20 mins we would see a shark feeding frenzy. Dee and I decided we would have more fun in the gift shop playing with puppets. I think we made the right choice! 

Melbourne Aquarium

Was also pleased to discover there is a Melbourne Aquarium App with lots more info available free from iTunes and that if I think this is going to become a regular outing for me I can get an annual pass for less than the price of two tickets… 

 

Melbourne Aquarium

 
All in all a lovely way to spend a Sunday. And to round it out we crossed the bridge to Crown and picked up gelato and ice creams to eat in the sun. 

Melbourne Aquarium

 

 

 

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