Underwater Adventures Aquarium @ MOA

October 14, 2008

*Tons of pictures ahead. I suggest you let the page load and go grab a cuppa*

When we first talked about road tripping to MOA, I was excited to visit the aquarium since the last time I visited one was when I was about 8 years old in New Zealand’s Kelly Tarltons Underwater World. I still have a photo of myself covering my eyes cause I was scared of the shark swimming above me. But after checking the price of tickets per entry, we decided it was a bit overpriced also because cheapo me didn’t want to pay lah.

But a month or so before I was scheduled to arrive, Rob bought the entrance tickets at a cheaper price through a radio station shopping show. Needless to say I was uber happy! Because I’m a lazyass, I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking for this post. =P

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Koi fishes

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Baby gators

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The stingray smilling for the camera

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Loggerhead sea turtle

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Sharks

By the way, a 6 year old would know the names of the creatures in the aquarium more than I do so I’ll try my best to identify what is what.

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Saw fish

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More shark

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Oysters anyone?

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Piranhas

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Meet Rocky, the gigantic 17lbs lobster. I remember at one point Rob had to pull me away from the tank because he knew what I was thinking. SEVENTEEN LBS of lobster meat! DINNER!!!!

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Starfish

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This next picture is probably one of my favourite pictures from the aquarium. It really captured the essense of the aquarium, which are the sharks (of course) and the lighting is perfect, at least for me. As if I am some professional photographer eh?

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Look at those teeth!

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Another picture I love. DORY!!! You cannot imagine how many shots I had to take of this fish before I finally got this one. Perfection! I love it! I have to say here that while I was taking pictures of this fish, Rob was laughing his ass off. Why? Because all I kept saying was “STAY! DORY STAY! STAAAAAAYYYYY…” The fish was just swimming around, ignoring me. Grrrrr.

Now contratry to popular belief, this species is not a Dory. This fish is ONLY known as Dory in the movie “Finding Nemo”. The actual name for this species of fish is “regal tang”.

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Nemo the clownfish

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Pretty seahorses

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At the end of the aquarium was a strategically located souvenir store. I didn’t buy anything cause it was all overpriced but something caught my eye.

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A toy lobster! Therefore, camwhoring is VITAL!

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Just when I thought the tour of the aquarium was over, I was surprised to see that they actually have a pool for visitors to pet baby sharks and stingrays, called the Circle of Life. I was a little hessitant at first because, frankly, I love my fingers and hair. I don’t need a baby shark to bite of my fingers, nor a stingray to electrocute me, causing my hair to get curly and poofie. Rob was hessitant too but in the end we both tried it anyway because it was free and you knowlah I am a cheapo.

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Petting baby shark

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The stingray felt very smooth to the touch. As I stroke the back I thought I was going to feel guilty for all those times I ate BBQ sambal stingray. Instead in my head I was going “MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA I ATE MANY OF YOUR FRIENDS!” Then I realized that if I had said it out, I probably would’ve gotten a new hair do on the way out of the aquarium. Glad I didn’t say it out loud.

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With Sharkey (how creative) the mascot

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One last picture before leaving

The Underwater Adventures Aquarium was fun but when I think back I wouldn’t have been very happy if I had to pay for a full priced ticket which is at USD18.95 and that’s excluding tax. Thanks for scoring those tickets baby! MUAH!

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