Monday, 6 November 2017

Adventure #4 REVISITED: SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

A little over a year ago, on September 9th 2016, I posted my fourth adventure post. It was about the SEA LIFE Aquarium in Melbourne, Australia. I was just getting started with blogging so I should cut myself some slack, but to be honest, the post was... quite awful.

I only included four, grainy, square-shaped photos that I had taken on my phone, and I mostly talked about my lack of furniture. It was quite an all-over-the-place kind of post, and not at all an accurate representation of how cool the aquarium actually is, so I decided to do an updated post about it.

On the 16th of September, I turned 21, and Daniel and I spent the day in the city together. Our first stop was to San Churro to get my free birthday churros - which has been a tradition of mine for a couple of years now - and then we set off for the aquarium.

I love animals of all kinds, and I love that the people working at the aquarium seem to love them just as much. Whenever there are talks of any kind, the speakers are always enthusiastic and kind, and have a genuine appreciation of the animals, which is great to see.

My favourite tank in the aquarium would have to be the one that is modelled off the Great Barrier Reef - which is pictured below, under the jellyfish. It's always filled with a ton of tiny clownfish, and I just love how colourful it is! 

Some of my other favourite things at the aquarium include stingrays, turtles (who were both too fast for my camera, so I don't have any photos of them!), frogs, jellyfish, and - of course - the penguins.

The penguins are always the liveliest bunch in the entire aquarium, which is why they are saved for last I guess! It's always funny to see them fight over pebbles for their nests. Many of them wait until another penguin has their back turned and then steal pebbles from those nests and claim them as their own!

They are such cheeky creatures. I also love seeing them simply laying on their nests because they look so incredibly round, almost like balloons! Whenever I see a penguin laying down I always picture that scene from Shrek when he blows up a frog into a balloon. šŸ˜‚

I didn't get many photos of the baby King Penguins, but you can see them scattered in the large group photo below. They are just as big as the other penguins, but they're covered in brown fur ('feathers' may be a more accurate description - the Wikipedia article on them wasn't very helpful with the correct term), which isn't waterproof so they can't go swimming until they've shed them.

Sometimes, the baby King Penguins like to be cheeky and waddle towards the big pool at the other end of the enclosure, but the other penguins always stop them before they go in the water, which is good. I've noticed that they seem to stop themselves before going in the water anyway; it seems like they just want to look at it, and are aware that they can't swim in it until they're older.

I don't usually get something from the gift shop since I visit the aquarium quite often, so if I did buy something every single time, I'd end up spending quite a bit of money! The first thing that Daniel ever bought for me - way back in 2013 - was a penguin soft toy from the Melbourne Aquarium, and he still lives on our bed to this day.

Since it was my birthday though, I ended up getting a souvenir. I picked out a snowglobe with penguins in it, and I love it so much. I bought a lot of snowglobes last Christmas, plus I got one on our last holiday, so I've decided that will be my go-to souvenir. I used to get shot glasses - I have some Sailor Moon ones, and one from the Eureka Skydeck - simply because I love anything tiny, but since I don't drink, it seems like a waste of a purchase.

I always love visiting the aquarium, no matter how many times I have been. I will always have a great amount of love for animals, and it's really cool to be able to see so many different kinds up close, all in the one place. Plus, aquariums are always working hard on educating younger people on how we can work towards a world that is more environmentally friendly - for both our sake, and the animals' - which is great to see. After all, it's their world as well!

Until next time,
Indya xx