August 28, 2006

Sea life

Day 3

Back to rain and dramatic fog today for our drive around the peninsula to Seward. Seward, nestled between mountains and bay, caters to the cruise ships and provides a more touristy destination than Homer. We checked in to our haunted hotel and headed down to the Sea Life Center.

At the center I continued my learning about the octopus. Yesterday, at Halibut Cove, I had learned from a woman who paints with octopus ink, that the creatures actually come on to shore and burrow under rocks. Today, I learned that they are incredibly intelligent and crafty creatures. They can fit through any hole that is the same size as their beak, which means they can become incredibly tiny.

The star of the show at the Sea Life Center was the giant sea lion. When we first arrived it was begging for food by the keepers door, much like my cat, but when that failed it hopped back in the water to perform. First it spent some time at the bottom of its tank, eyeing up the people on the other side of the glass. Then it started doing underwater acrobatics, flipping and swooping, so graceful and fast.

1 Comment

  1. I love that picture. its good to hear from you while you’re up there. :-)

    Comment by Arielle — August 28, 2006 @ 11:23 am

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