While I haven’t been around much to explore AZ stuff to pass along lately, I did just spend a week in Colorado for a couple of reasons. One of them being that my husband just completed his first Spartan Sprint in the Competitive Group (and, he did a pretty awesome job, too!). When I wasn’t busy watching him jump over fire, climb up walls, and hoist 100-pound sandbags in the air 30 feet, we took some time to visit Denver’s aquarium.
I have a love-hate relationship with aquariums, really. I’ll probably even cover the new OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale at some point…. but, I hate that these animals don’t truly belong in a building or anywhere inland and I also love the fact that it does allow for me to see these animals up close and get to admire them, study them, and really appreciate them. I do think it’s a great opportunity for students to be able to learn outside of the classroom.
With that, our experience at the Denver Aquarium was really cool. I have never seen such large fish up close in my life. They have the aquarium arranged by different regions of the world (a jungle, a desert, etc…) I didn’t really care for the desert portion, which is ironic a little bit. I mostly didn’t really want to see the rattlesnake and tarantulas. Yuck. I spend my whole life actively trying to avoid them in my home state to begin with (and have done a good job…knock on wood!) The desert region did have poisonous dart frogs, which are able to change colors to blend in, and a species of the Chuckwalla which primarily resides in Northern Mexico and portions of the Southwest in the U.S.
We saw an otter playing in his exhibit and was really putting on quite the show and they even have a sumatran tiger in this aquarium (I questioned this, but apparently they’re swimmers). We went right when they opened and so he wasn’t super active quite yet. He was enjoying laying in the sun being lazy and getting his Vitamin D. The exhibit they have built for him was actually pretty cool. It had a very open-air feel to it and plenty of natural sunlight was able to pour in.
What I really found beautiful was the collection of starfish and anemones. They had a gorgeous and brightly colored collection that I could not get enough of. At this point, I’ll let them photos speak for themselves. Enjoy!
Have a wonderful week and we’ll catch you back here soon!