Went for another long bike ride today, and since I had remembered by cable lock, I could visit the two attractions nearby. (Now, if I could always remember my helmet, I would be happy.)
The Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center is owned by Oregon State University and is free. It is well worth an hour or two stop.
Several touch-pools for kids and adults who are brave enough to touch spiky and slimy things.
Very nice displays with lots of things for kids to do.
I thought this walrus skull was impressive.
And this Orca skull.
The aquarium is right around the corner, but was very disappointing especially since it cost almost $20 per person. If you have seen Monterey Bay Aquarium or the one in Baltimore, skip this one. Only interesting thing was the puffins I videotaped, below.
This is the aquatic bird exhibit.
The puffins were really acting silly--diving and flapping and running back and forth on top of the water.
Click on the link to the video I posted on YouTube that shows this much better than a still photo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j6cXaWEBG4 (Hope this link works.)
There were some seals and sea otters outside, but I couldn't get close enough to see them. These are some turkey vultures that someone found. They really don't belong in an aquarium, but they needed a home.