Sunday, September 27, 2009

New England Aquarium

There comes a time in everyone's lives when they must face their deepest, darkest fears. Sometimes that means getting up in front of a group of people and giving a speech, getting on an airplane or putting a tarantula on your face. Other times it just means taking a trip to your nearest aquarium.

I am very scared of whales and most other underwater creatures but we decided I needed to man up and go to the New England Aquarium in Boston, MA to prove that there's nothing to be afraid of. I was doing really well with the huge tank that held a couple sharks, stingrays, turtles and hundreds of other fish. For some reason, both of us found the scariest part of looking into the tank to be the diver who was feeding all the fish.

It seemed like the biggest and most beloved attraction was the octopus. People loved that thing. There was a huge crowd in front of its' tank that never seemed to go away. These people could not get enough of its' bulbous head, weird movements and suction-y tentacles. The craziest part was that there were no kids in front of the tank. It was as if the entire population of middle to old aged people at the aquarium had found their soul mate, created a wall and wouldn't let anyone else anywhere near it. We were finally able to catch a quick glimpse of the elusive creature when a couple peeled their faces off the glass and turned toward us - smiling a smile so full of hope and happiness that we couldn't match even if we tried. I's just an octopus.

When we felt like I had not been scared to satisfaction we decided to go to the IMAX theater to see "Dolphins and Whales 3D: Tribes of the Ocean". Not only would I be facing my biggest fears head on, but it would be on a giant scale and also be jumping out at me. The movie was crazy. It was so intense, frightening, loud, and dark. But it was also one of the coolest things we have ever seen. The 3D was so good, it seriously felt like we were in the water and the whales were right in front of us. However, if anyone thought that seeing this movie paint dolphins and whales in a sympathetic light would show me how ridiculous my fear is - it did the exact opposite. It only reinforced that whales are the scariest things in the world.

But it's such a wild and amazing movie/experience that we definitely recommend you see it.


  1. That's amazing. I saw a documentary on the Discovery Channel about cephalopods and a group of scientists made a glass maze with the octopus on one end and a shrimp on the other. They left the room with a camera running and the octopus wriggled it's way through the maze to get the shrimp!

  2. Animals are so wild, they always blow my mind.