Tuesday proved to be the perfect day to spend doing only one thing: Driving to the Mall of America and spending a couple hours looking at sea life in Underwater Adventures. Now, being that the mall is in Minnesota which is pretty much the furthest place in North America from any ocean you might think that you would never see sharks or jellyfish of any kind. Not so. In fact, Underwater Adventures was ranked as the best shark experience in the world. Amazing.
I have never seen a shark. I have never wanted to. When we entered the attraction and headed towards the long glass tube of a hallway I was apprehensive to say the least. Sure, it is meant to be safe but it would only take one crack in that glass for the sharks to be floating right next to my head with those angry rows of teeth. Maybe it would take more than a crack, but that is how it felt when we arrived.
Quickly I changed my mind. The hollow glass hallway is slightly on the skimpy side, for a nearly 20 dollar ticket but as soon as you walk in there are half a dozen sharks literally two feet from your delicious head. The very large tank of water holds many many kinds of ocean life, but we all know the reason we are there is to see the sharks. It’s set up so that instead of standing next to or above a tank, you are actually walking through one. I was secretly (and now not-so-secretly) hoping to see a shark tear apart one of the lesser sized fish in the tank. Sure, it was amazing to see them so close, but would it have added to the experience to see them do what they do best?
Well, I don’t have much more to say about the place, but I do have pictures to share. Bad, not so spectacular pictures because a flash against an aquarium wall makes for sub par photojournalism.
This is an alligator…or a crocodile. i have no idea what the difference is.
part of a jellyfish
Some weird little creature we dubbed as a Dr. Seuss creation.
I really should have taken note of the names of these things.
These pictures really don’t show how close these guys were.
This is where the octopus should have been
So tg found a wooden one instead and beat it up.