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January at Aquarium School

It was another fun day in Boston at Aquarium School!

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There's that quintessential city shot, the one I take each month as we exit the parking garage. It's been fun to see the seasons change against the landscape. Today was a very cold winter's day - a harsh biting wind was whipping in off the Atlantic.

So we spent very little time roaming the docks and visiting the sea lions as we usually do. Instead we made a quick stop into the gift shop where I purchased a new book for Earlybird and a card game for the older boys. (Love those Professor Noggin games.) And also, I couldn't resist some Aquarium Origami. Bookworm really enjoys origami - in fact, he once took a class with the creator of that particular kit!

But back to Aquarium School. (And by the way, my previous posts have even more details on what Aquarium School is all about.)

Bookworm and his friends headed into the older group's room, while across the hall, Crackerjack and I got settled in with the younger kids. Here he is with his friends Abby and Kurt, hard at work on a fish project:

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Our theme this month was Care & Feeding of Aquarium Animals. I think this was my favorite so far. We spent most of the two-hour class inside exporing the Aquarium itself.

Here are a bunch (and I do mean, a bunch) of photos from the exhibits. Most are self-explanatory, but I added little notes anyway (with much assistance from the boys who remember things far better than I do):

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Penguins ...

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More penguins ...

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Observing penguin behavior ...

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Cool Rock Hopper penguins ...

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Swimming penguin ...

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Grumpy looking (and poisonous) Stonefish ...

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A Cuttlefish ...

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A Cuttlefish on the move ...

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The Nurse Shark ...

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Myrtle the LoggerheadTurtle ...

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Unidentified bi-valve ... (looks a bit like The Hamburgler, don't you think?)

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Random, beautiful, but poisonous, sea creatures ...

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The top of the Giant Ocean Tank where we heard from Aquarium Biologists ...

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Another turtle ...

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A diver cleaning the windows ...

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The Moray Eel ...

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A Ray ...

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Up close ...

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Two baby Anacondas, born on New Year's Day ...

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In the Jelly fish tank ...

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A Piranha!

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Electric eels at rest ...

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A small portion of the Giant Ocean Tank (which rises 2 1/2 stories high) ...

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Three Happy, Homeschooled Kids!

Well, I hope you enjoyed a peek at our day at The New England Aquarium! Thanks for stopping by, and I'll see you all again sometime tomorrow. :)

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