Friday, September 7, 2012

The Shedd Aquarium...

We spent our last day together in Chicago at the Shedd Aquarium – one of the world's leading aquariums (with one of the world's slowest moving queues)!

Before you're even inside the building there are lots of fish to look at, they're all in the stone work and details of the building, around the door frames and in the doors themselves, in the ceiling decoration, on the chandeliers - it's all fishy themed. 

Once we reached the front of the queue we walked through the Amazon Rainforest section first, which seemed to house a huge selection of very alien and prehistoric looking fish - and the biggest catfish I've ever seen in my whole life... they were HUGE!

There were Piranas, little neon frogs, Crocodiles, Sting-Rays and even an Anaconda! I have to admit I was a wee bit scared to get too close to the glass with some of the tanks, they were pretty scary looking creatures.

I was far happier to get up close to the baby Beluga Whale's tank and the Sea Otters enclosure...

There were so many amazing fish and sea animals in the aquarium, from Seahorses to Sealions, they came in all shapes and sizes.

One of the most fascinating sections of the aquarium was the special Jelly Fish bit...

 I had no idea there were so many different types of Jelly Fish, or that they had no hearts and no brains! They're amazing things to watch, and with the different coloured lights and the calming music they were playing in the aquarium, it was all pretty hypnotic really!

The whole of Shedd Aquarium was absolutely fantastic, from the 4D Ice-Age film and the sea life show (where they had dolphins and whales doing little tricks) to jelly fish, it was all brilliant.

I think my favourite part of the whole aquarium though were the little penguins...

 They were so lovely, hoping around and flying under water... they're beautiful little animals!

It was such a fun day and it was really lovely seeing all the different fish and sea life... it was just a shame our little Chicago holiday had to come to and end. It was such a perfect little break, and hopefully a great way for Mops and Pops to start their American Adventure!

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