Hey, guys! I know, I said we’d do stuff this week, and I haven’t posted a whole lot. The good news is that things are going so well with actual writing (like, the book some of you are waiting for) that I’m worried the house will have a meltdown again. The bad news is that I’m not going to halt that momentum to write blog posts, so things might continue to be a bit sparse here next week.
Also, I’ve got kids at home full time. Writing time is limited, you know?
But speaking of those kids, I did take a week off for a family vacation. Stopping work cold turkey nearly drove me mad, but after a few days in my favourite city, a relaxing and fun weekend at a friend’s cabin, and lots of walking around beautiful landscapes, I started to relax.
One of our stops was the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium in… well, it’s in Petty Harbour. You probably guessed that. Smarty pants. It truly is mini. I mean, they didn’t take a ray-gun and shrink a fish tank down (dangit), but they do have a lot of amazing exhibits packed into a TINY space.
I thought, since most of you won’t make it out there this summer, that I’d share some pictures and information (all facts and figures courtesy of the aquarium). Many of their exhibits are temporary, as they show off creatures brought in by local fishermen which are then set free after they’ve done their time. Nice, right? We missed the wolf fish by a few days, but I hope he’s very happy… um… doing whatever wolf fish do.
I would probably know this if I’d seen the exhibit.
TO THE PHOTO TOUR!
I’m a bad, bad promoter. I didn’t get an exterior shot of the building. *ducks away from flung flotsam and jetsam*
This is Lady Blue, a temporary visitor to the aquarium. Blue lobsters are fairly rare: one in 2,000,000 has this lovely colouring.
Casper the white snow crab is another oddity, if somewhat less pretty. I wasn’t as impressed with his colouring as I was with his astonishing fashion sense. Check out that escargot chapeau!
Flounders are… um… interesting.
The sea ravens were my favourite. Our fish might not be tropical-pretty, but we have some lovely sea monster inspiration!
Here’s Pharaoh. He’s a golden lobster (1 in 35,000,000 are this colour, and this summer the aquarium has two of them!)
There’s so much more to see, but I don’t want to take up all of your time with my fish pics– cod, sculpin, something called a lumpfish… aww, heck, here’s a picture of the lumpfish, because it’s kind of hilarious:
The Mini Aquarium may be tiny, but it’s a lot of educational fun. They have daily puppet shows and story time through the summer, too, if you’re hauling kids around and they’re into that. Oh, and the touch tanks are MIGHTY COOL.
Cue touch tank pics:
So there you go. If you’re ever in the St John’s area, head on down! It’s on the way to Cape Spear, too, which could make for a fine day of fun.
Now, kiss the Pout, and we’ll all be on our way.
August 15th, 2014 at 10:16 am
I think flounders are evolution’s way to make a joke, but no-one gets its sense of humour. Kind of like dachshunds… Poor evolution.
August 15th, 2014 at 3:43 pm
Thank you for your great blob about the Mini! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience, and hope you will visit us again soon.
Nice pics of the animals 🙂
All the best!
August 15th, 2014 at 3:45 pm
Blog…… I meant blog.
August 15th, 2014 at 3:47 pm
That did give me a laugh. Not at you… I do that kind of thing all the time!
We really had a great time. I’ve been telling all of our St John’s friends to visit. 🙂
August 15th, 2014 at 10:42 pm
What fun! I like the idea of touch tanks…so much of what we have is look only but no touch…and that just doesn’t appeal to my sense of exploration. Glad you had a good day.