Yesterday morning, we thought we'd do something different and walk around the tourist area of North Shore. We ended up at the Texas State Aquarium. The TSA is a massive building, all with glass encased aquariums showing the sea life of animals and mammals that span the globe. Tho, as I state below a lot of the exhibits are, for now, no longer open due to construction. It's been over three years since we've been there; the last time was when my sister and brother in law visited us. The establishment was jammed packed with people. Local people mostly. I don't particularly enjoy being in a crowded area, but we were there, so what the heck....we paid our entrance fee, and I walked right to the Flight Exhibit. Naturally. But, it was a two-fold experience. One, only ONE bird was in the exhibit...BUT!!---two, it was a BALD EAGLE!! I haven't seen one of these birds of prey since we left Colorado, twenty plus years ago. So, that was exciting.
Her name is Grace. She is being rehabilitated here at the aquarium after being found with an injured wing. It will be a thrill, in the future, to read about her release back in the wild. I hope she recovers fully.
After taking pictures of her and marveling at her beauty, we ventured around the property. The city and the aquarium itself is adding another HUGE exhibit area so a lot of the usual areas were cordoned off and little else to see but the fish, the turtles, the dolphins, the otter, the alligators, the stingray, and a few waterfowl. So, I'll just share some photos:
While waiting in line....I figured this was as unique a fence as there ever was, and thought of Ms. T's "Good Fences"...so will share this now.
Rope and pier fence that surrounds the cafe area by the Aquarium's entrance
Salt water fish [I have no idea the species] and Sea Turtle
Shark and Blue fish tank
Walking around the grounds, there are several bronze sculptures. Here are three, turtles, heron, and bird of prey. Note the dappled skyline...
♥ ♥ On March 1st, 2016, it was my first year anniversary of the three stents heart surgery/heart attack, that makes me a survivor!! ♥ ♥