Day 2: Peaches in Cowpens, Bojangles, Gentle Giants

I’m currently on a 5,000 mile road trip through 15 states with Cecily. The following is an excerpt from today’s post on our blog,

A few more hours of interstate and we finally arrived at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. We saw some fantastic animals, including sea otters, penguins, belugas, dolphins, and so much more. Then it was time for the main event – swimming with sharks! Turns out it was swimming not only with whale sharks, but also swordfish, giant manta rays and about 5,000 other fish. Megan had done her best to not think about the details of this excursion since she doesn’t actually know how to swim. Minor detail. We also noticed that she just barely passed the height requirements.

After changing into our wetsuits and getting all our gear, it was time to hop in the water with the so-called “gentle” giants. We then made a big, slow loop around the surface of the tank, with fish and rays and whale sharks as long as 30 week all swimming around us. Many of the fish stay clear of any swimmers while some seek them out. The whale sharks, however, are totally indifferent. I guess when you’re as big as that, some group of tiny, pesky humans isn’t really significant enough to warrant attention or avoidance. This was quite cool for us humans, as they would get so so close. In fact, one totally brushed Megan’s belly as he went by right underneath her.

See here for the complete post!

About The 1st Draft

I am a 30-something English teacher living in the Midwest who loves books, television, soccer, a good conversation, Cardinals baseball, and playing with my adorable nieces and nephews.
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