Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Thanksgiving part deux: checking out the sea turtles

While we were down in southern Florida with my sister's family for Thanksgiving, they took us to a rescue center for sea turtles.  
 Did you know once baby sea turtles hatch they waddle to the water and look for seaweed, where they hide for several years as they get bigger and stronger? These tubs are filled with seaweed and cute baby turtles hiding in it.

 The kids loved looking at the rescued turtles through the windows of the tanks. One turtle was missing a front and back leg, but managed to swim around despite his disability.
 Approximately only one turtle out of the bunch of hatched eggs lives to reach reproducing age. So Marlin had every right to be worried about Crush's offspring, when Crush says, "The little dudes are just eggs, we leave 'em on a beach to hatch, and then, coo-coo-cachoo, they find their way back to the big ol' blue."

This picture made me laugh, not only because of Josh's fish face, but because we didn't know we were standing in order by height. Although I do see a few tip-toes going on.

While you're checking out rescued turtles, don't forget to see the mermaids with two colors of hair, and scuba divers with one hand. Totally worth the drive.

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