Baaayyyy-beee beluuuuuuga, ohhh, baayyyy-beee beluuuuuuga… Was the song I sang (aloud) the entire day that Kris and I went to the Shedd Aquarium. Before, during, and after visiting the museum. Kris was thrilled, let me tell you. Ha! But, it was only because I was so dang excited to see the baby Beluga whale that lives there!
So, most of this post is going to be about Baby Beluga, but a quick rundown on the visit. Cloudy day, SUPER long line to get in, Bank of America FREE day, dolphins, penguins (that didn’t smell bad at all!), seahorses, jelly fish, a HUGE sea turtle, an eel that looked like Flotsam or Jetsam from The Little Mermaid, and sea otters!
I was on a hunt for Baby Beluga the entire time, but my efforts had only resulted in a mere glimpse of one of the adults. There was a pregnant dolphin that was temporarily living where the Belugas usually live, and so staff kept moving the Belugas around. After a few looks into a few different tanks, I was really disappointed that I was going to miss Baby Beluga. Then we wandered up into an empty amphitheater, and ALL of the belugas were there training for a performance!! YAY!! We saw 2 or 3 adults and BABY… and Baby B would stand straight up out of the water and eat a fish and swim around and then do it again. So cute!
However, while we both enjoyed our day there, we have to say… once you’ve visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium, it’s hard to find another that can top it. Yes, maybe we’re being snobs to the Midwest, but come on… when you’re located along the beautiful California coastline, it is probably way easier to attract top-notch dolphin, whale, and jellyfish talent. I guess they’re just not as adventurous as Kris and I. 😉