Happy Friday, everyone! And with the high temperatures continuing, and still no sign of rain for us here in the Emerald Isle, a cooling dip in the sea might be just what we need… So isn’t it lucky that when we left Explorer Beastie last week, he was just about to venture inside Düsseldorf’s Aquazoo? I caught up with him at the hamster enclosure…
… By which time I was already feeling a little like the guy draped over the rocks in the picture on the right! Adventuring is clearly a lot easier when you have someone to carry you from place to place.
But I soon perked up as we started to explore Aquazoo – part aquarium, part zoo and part natural history museum, there’s loads of cool stuff to see. So, let’s turn left at the penguins, and head for the tropical jungle!
There were plenty of curious reptiles to meet in there…… But none as curious as the mysterious headless turtle!
Appropriately enough, one of the first displays we saw was about mythical monsters of the deep. Explorer Beastie decided it was only fair that he add himself to the lineup…
…Although the specimens of real-life deep sea fish almost had him running for cover in my handbag. Check out those teeth!
Further down the hall, we met a much friendlier fish – a giant freshwater puffer fish! We could have watched this guy’s antics for hours.
But why should we have all the fun? Here, say hello yourself!
We also enjoyed the reef tank – it was full of brightly-coloured small fish, rays, a moray eel and even a shark!
And while I saw a similarity between these sand eels and Pepe the Prawn from The Muppets…
… Explorer Beastie felt a certain stripey kinship with these butterfly fish.
Some of the fish were very eager to get to know Explorer Beastie!
But perhaps some of these underwater marvels could have got a little bit too friendly. Um, are you sure this giant clam shell only wants to give you a hug?
Fortunately, he was able to escape the clutches of the scary shell and join me in what I shall affectionately call “The Realm of the Weird Squishy Things” – hello neon sea anemones and glowing jellyfish!
The coral reef display gave a certain little woolly monster an opportunity to pretend he was scuba diving…
… And he enjoyed getting up close and personal with an axolotl too!
But he had to wait until the very end before he finally got a chance to hitch a lift on a fish’s back!
Then there was just time for a quick snap with the whale skeleton at the entrance…
…Before we washed up on dry land once more, blinking in the bright evening sunshine!
Phew! That’s enough fishy goings-on for one week… Or is there anyone else out there who loves a good wander around an aquarium? Let me know in the comments!
We’ll be back with more monster shenanigans on Tuesday… Until then, have a super weekend!