Sunday, December 2, 2012

Day 10- Marine Life & More

The aquarium in San Sebastian is not like any aquarium experience I have ever had. Having said that, this was awesome! You walk in and the first thing you see is a film playing on a loop showing how a certain fish is prepared, yes you read that correct it shows you how best the marine life you are about to visit will taste later that day. The first level is the maritime section, there are various models of the ships that sailed through the Bay of Biscay a mini-history lesson if you will, although I couldn't help but giggle to myself every time I read something about the "prominent seaman". Next you embark on the history of crew in the area followed by a section dedicated to whales and whale hunting. The next level is the art of fishing and just art that is dedicated solely to the sea. We wrap this section up with my personal favorites a display of fish in formaldehyde. We finally make it to actual marine life in the aquarium of the Bay of Biscay. You walk through a tunnel that is full of fish including sharks, rays and turtles swimming together as if they were in the sea. What is amazing to me is how they keep a tank that big clean and all the fish well fed so they don't eat each other..... It is pretty cool, you really do feel like you are part of the sea. The final level is made up of tropical fish and reefs. With a special room dedicated to mollusks. The best part of this adventure was the calamari we had at the restaurant next to the aquarium. The definition of Irony......

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