Earlier in November my mother, brother, and I joined my aunt in San Francisco to see the New Academy of Sciences. I used to love going there (the old one) when I was little, so I was naturally very excited to see how it's been completely rebuilt!
We got there well before opening at 11am, and we got in the LONGEST LINE I'D EVER SEEN (and I go to DL!). I swear, it was hundreds of people long, and multiple times longer than say, the line outside the Disneyana store before a new merch release, or the line to be in the concert audiences during the Christmas Special filming. I'm talking LONG.
We did not expect the place to be that packed. We had DLR status wait times for some features (the rainforest sphere area, which we was the only thing we did not get to see), and it took all of my crowd navigation skills to handle the day. That said, it was still very enjoyable, and I would currently recommend it to anyone who can handle a busy day at DL. Plan to spend the whole day there! For those that don't like crowds or get claustraphobic, I'd say to wait a few more months, when it's not so new and hopefully less crowded.
We started off in the basement floor, which is the aquarium. I love looking at pretty fish, so this comprised a lot of my picture-taking! For my TR, I will start with the fishies for my first segment:
Here's some familiar faces! I found Gil (with my bro Jesse), Marlon and Nemo, and Dory!
There was a GIANT tank full of fish; complete will a real life scuba diver, cleaning the glass.
A blue starfish!
Some pink spikey thingy:
The big spotty eel smiles for my camera! Look at that grin!
Pretty little things, starfish, eh?
The perfect fish face:
Not alive. The amount of seahorses killed for homeopathic remedies, especially in Asia, is very sad. Please don't support the killing of ocean animals for tourists by buying dried starfish or seahorses!
The lionfish. SO COOL!
A really, really, really large anemone. Like, big enough to give it a hug.
Cute, lumpy little tree frogs!
Apparently, this was all found in the stomach of a shark!
A very lacey little fish
These guys are long and skinny to disguse themselves as leaves or reeds. Kind of like the stick bugs of the sea!
Jesse (to the left) watches the jelly tank.
A giant nautilus! I've never seen one before, just their shells. A mathmetician's favorite sea creature.
Very large and rotund fishies:
A pretty little tank with a pretty little fish
Some big orange lizards
Some really BIG fish things.
A very colorful tank w/ anemones and starfish
The interactive tidepool, with my brother touching a starfish. (I touched an urchin)
Very transparent moon jellies. Bet this guy with his fancy camera would have much better pictures than I do!
Sand dollars! They are purple and kind of fuzzy, and they stand themselves up and scoot around. Very different than the dead white shells you find on the beach.
A VERY LARGE FISH:
That's it for the aquarium, the rest to be continued...