Sea Creatures, a Birthday, and a Trip to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

The oldest of our boy children turned 6 yesterday, and since he is just obsessed with everything ocean, and we are here on the Gulf Coast of Florida... of course we took a trip to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium!

Everybody had a great time! And O's little 6 year old self came home smiling from ear to ear, with so many stories to tell-- including how he got to touch his very favorite animal, a shark! really, he didn't stop talking about it until he finally fell asleep last night.


From the jellyfish...


To the seahorses...

Did you know that the males carry and give birth to their babies?!


Speaking of baby seahorses...

These little guys are less than a week old!


...To the touch tanks!


And everything in between!

An independent marine research institution comprised of world-class marine scientists committed to the belief that the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans begins with research and education...
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is such a wonderful organization.
If you won't be finding yourself anywhere near Florida's Gulf Coast anytime soon for a visit, you can find out more about how you can support their efforts here.