I’m not one for loving fish, but they are simple creatures and my daughter quite admires them. This was our first time all together at Blue Planet and I’ve got to say I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting as It must have been at least a decade since I’ve been, but this is up for debate as I’m adamant that we never went.
We decided to leave early so we could get there when it was not packed as it was a weekend. We packed up all our camera gear and packed lunch the night before. I was not willing to pay extortionate prices for lunch. £2.55 for a bottle of Coke which you find in most public places so I prefer to pack my own.
Inside the atrium was a sign about children’s height being under 90cm for free access. In my last post I told you my daughter has recently turned 3, she is 93cm. I don’t see why you are paying on height and not age. So if your child is tall like mine then you’re paying.
We wandered slowly around the whole of Blue Planet making sure we looked at everything that is on offer to us and trying to photograph it which proved to be a lot harder than it looked mainly because of the low lighting and shooting through glass. Even though I had this problem I still really enjoyed looking at all of the fish and creatures they had here.
There was one tank which was open and quite low down. I remember thinking it was a bit like Finding Dory with the kids poking the fish. My daughter had no qualms about this and dunked her hands in and swishing about. Luckily none of these fish ate toddlers or at least they did not eat mine.
It was nice to see Amelia using her VTech Camera I got her for her birthday and taking her own photographs of what she seen. Her favourite was the ‘Baby Froggy’ that she squealed aloud for. They had a room full of frogs and also a room with corn snakes, tarantulas, turtles and even an axolotl.
We sat and ate our lunch in the Aqua theatre, while we were waiting Amelia got incredibly jealous of anyone who stood near the same fish as her telling them to come back to her. The show we watched was a targeted feed which meant we got to watch Manta Rays get fed and also the regular fish. I thought the show was great they introduced the scuba divers and even explained some equipment that they use on jobs.
The Manta Rays being fed was my favourite thing, it was amazing to see how they opened their mouth and practically slid a full fish down it. Amelia seemed to enjoy it, when he fed the regular fish he used a squirty bottle with Krill in and it was like a food frenzy was happening. It really was a mesmorizing experience that I am so happy to have watched.
One of the last things we did was go through the underwater tunnel which I found interesting with it only being 6cm of acrylic, The track that you stand on to not walk through was broken so it felt like we were in there for a long time. The fish, sharks and rays were completely going over our heads it was amazing! I did think I was actually underwater for a minute and felt incredibly ill so I can only imagine how real it was for Amelia.
I bought 3 packs of shark teeth containing 3 teeth in each, a pencil, pen, fridge magnet with a clownfish on and a Manta Ray teddy for Amelia. Which she loved and named Ray (how original). She has a cat named cat, a teddy of course, but still very unique naming process we have going on.
I really enjoyed myself at Blue Planet it was a lovely fun family orientated day out, Amelia was well behaved. James was well behaved even when he was told fish have no eyelids. I’m starting to wonder what school he did not go to.
Don’t ask why but I sniffed a shark tooth I purchased. It smells of toothpaste… I spent my Sunday evening sniffing a tooth and Googling ‘sharks brushing their teeth’.
I also was very pleased to announce today to Amelia that we are now expecting our own baby froggy’s as I have found frogspawn in the pond in the garden. Our very own army of tadpoles so we shall see.
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