This post is part of a series about my experiences during the Finding Dory Press Event. This was an all expense paid trip, but my reactions to the experiences and opinions are my own.
If it wasn’t magical enough to visit the beautiful Monterey Bay Aquarium last month, it was even more special to take part in moments that I will always remember.
Here’s what happened in about 24 hours:
I touched an octopus!
For real! I touched an octopus. More on that later, stay tuned for my special octopus post in early June! For now, here’s the entrance to the octopus area! No spoilers!
We saw a mama otter and her newborn pup.
I can watch otters for HOURS. Hands down, otters are my absolute favorite sea mammal. There’s so incredibly smart and beautiful. Their fur is the thickest of all mammals, no surprise it’s ONE MILLION hairs per square inch – which means they don’t need blubber. It is also why they are endangered, because their fur is so soft and thick. Just a few days before we arrived in Monterey, a wild southern otter came into the tide pools at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and had her pup. And we got to see her! It was so special. We also had the opportunity to see a feeding and training session with the otters.
We also had a special night time evening at the Monterey Bay Aquarium just for the members of the press who were attending the Finding Dory Event. These jellyfish are cool during the day, but at night? WOW!
It was such a neat experience to see the aquarium at night, the lights were turned down and you could really enjoy the marine life.
Of course, the whole mission on my trip, was to fulfill my goal of Finding Dory!
If my daughter had her way, we’d have a salt water tank with Dory and her pal Nemo swimming around, so she could forever watch her own live movie. I can’t say I blame her, after all, fish are fun.
Our favorite blue tang swims into theaters on June 17, 2016 to share her story after waiting for 13 years!
If you have chance, make plans to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It’s a beautiful facility and I look forward to taking my family there for a visit.