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! 
...no 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?!

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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.