Yesterday we spent a good part of the day at Mote Aquarium and its adjacent bird hospital and sanctuary. We had a great time wondering around and looking at the animals. The best part was watching them feed the sharks - no feeding frenzy, it was very organized. The sharks are trained, each type of shark feeds at a specific spot, designated by a target/sign that is lowered into the water. When the sharks see the target that signifies their feeding spot they swim up and take pieces of fish from a metal arm extended into the water. Very cool. There were also lots of fish and coral as well as manatees, sea turtles and two dolphins.
Today we slept in, grilled steaks and ate some veggies. Not very traditional food, but fun and yummy non the less. Oh, and pie. Lots and lots of Yoder's pie. The guys watched football and I read a book on the lawn chair. It was nice :) Then we watched pumpkin chunkin'. It was a very laid back holiday, a nice break for sure!
touching a sting ray
The cuddly dolphin - the trainers were just sitting by the pool chatting. We watched them for at least 15 minutes. That dolphin just hung out with his head in the trainers lap, begging for more scratches. Very cute!
Albino Sea Turtle - this one was at the bottom of the pool then suddenly came to the top and said hello. According to the volunteer this lady turtle rarely comes up to visit and was the most active she had seen her in weeks. True to her word, Mrs. Turtle stayed for about 30 seconds and then retreated to the bottom again.
Manatee - I had never seen one before
bathrooms at the bird sanctuary
prepping Thanksgiving meal
Steaks and Asparagus
Tom's new pie much and a slice of Yoder's pie