I’ve always loved water and I have lots of memories of family trips to whatever creek, river, lake, or beach happened to be nearby. We fished, swam, and explored, but mostly I wondered what was going on beneath the water. So it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that I’ve visited several aquariums and hung out in more than one or two pet shops just watching the fish and other animals that reside in the water.
Our recent trip to the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks was not our first, nor will it be our last. While the aquarium has garnered criticism for its small size and large entrance fee, it is, after all, in the middle of the country, far, far from the ocean. It provides a wonderful opportunity for prairie folks to enjoy the wonders of the sea! And it is always filled with enthralled children.
We were disappointed to see that the turtle house has not been completed, but every tourist attraction has its own problems and many of those are contingent on finances. I will continue to patronize the aquarium as long as it seems that they are caring for their animals and treating customers well. Let’s hope their fund raising efforts are successful and the loggerhead turtles soon have a new home.
Gary took the photos you see here. It’s difficult to work with glass (reflections), water, darkness, crowds, and fast-moving fish, but I think he did a great job. And relinquishing the camera to him gave me more time to enjoy the experience of being surrounded by some of my favorite creatures.
Happy World Oceans Day!