New England Aquarium: Animals with Attitude

I found myself with an hour or two to spare at at the New England Aquarium.  I’ve been there before, and I was really glad to go back.  I ended up spending a lot of time at my favorite exhibits instead of exploring the whole aquarium and decided to do a post featuring the animals’ personality and sass – that was why I was so fascinated by them, after all!IMG_9127

Myrtle the Turtle, the grand old dame of the aquarium.  She was making her rounds of the giant ocean tank when I arrived – and of course, she was the first animal I went to see.

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Next, off to the African penguins, clearly annoyed by all the paparazzi. But she was so adorable that I just couldn’t resist snapping a few dozen photos.

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The rockhopper penguins were next. They have sprinklers all throughout their exhibit, and this little lady walked straight into this one…

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And proceeded to spend the next ten minutes bathing her left flank/armpit!  (Wingpit? Flapperpit?  Whatever it is, it’s quite clean now.)

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After that, I headed out to the sea lions, who were good-naturedly squabbling – they seemed to be energized by the cold weather.  The one on the right is sliding into the water, which stopped the fight very effectively.

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On my way back in, I stopped by a tropical fish exhibit and found this depressed fish.  There didn’t seem to be anything physically wrong with her – she just was too down to swim.  I found the Eeyore of the aquatic world and she’s a bright pink tropical fish.

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I circled back around to the sea lions right before I left – this one was lazing about in the shallow end of the pool, clearly enjoying her Sunday.

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Then she rolled over on her back and proceeded to give herself a nice belly rub!  If my dog ever learned how to do this, I would become purely superfluous.

I’m definitely planning on going back to the aquarium and spending some quality time with these characters – they’re such goofballs and so active that I always feel like I’ve walked away too soon.

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