It's always great when our free time coincides with a great event. Lasts weekend the Bedford Institute of Oceanography had their 50th anniversary open house. They did an amazing job. I can't even imagine how much work that must have been. I think every employee was there. It was great. They do large surveys of the sea life and they obviously saved samples of every species they found. The variety was impressive.
The sharks were some of the cool things the kids saw and touched. But they also had some of the ugliest most amazing fish I have ever seen. I think my favorite was the deep sea angler just like you see on the Finding Nemo chase seen. The scientist were there to tell us all about them and I was surprised to see how small they are.
An open house wouldn't be complete without live touch tanks. This was complete with sea cucumbers, star fish, crabs, lobsters, fish, mussels, oysters, scallops, and on and on.
Gaelle would not touch the live sea creatures at first, but eventually she gave it a shot.
We also got to tour The Hudson which is one of the research Coast Guard vessels. It is old but it was still interesting to walk around and see how they live and work for months on end.