We watched this duck mercilessly chase all the other ducks and birds in the aviary. He is a Golden-eye and he was hilarious. Even the female Golden-eye didn't want to have anything to do with him. She would actually fly out of the water and jump over him if he came near her. They can really swim fast and we could watch their feet under the water. Super cute! Kira thinks they were probably playing tag and he was it. Looked more like Mrs. Goldeneye was saying, "Call the Police!" rather than "Ha ha, can't catch me!"
I love the aquarium because it's a great attraction for Duluth, it's beautiful, and educational, but I have to admit it really makes me hungry. All those big fat delicious fish close enough to grab. MMmmmmmm....
You can feed them Trout Chow (I'm not even kidding) and they have learned to come right to the top to get it. You could literally just grab one out of the water. I see this:
And I think this:
Guess what we're having for dinner? Just kidding. (I had fish for lunch) But I seriously think that the aquarium could make TONS of money if they sold smoked fish in the gift shop. I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks they look delicious.
Kira's favorite thing at the aquarium is the touch pools. You can stick your hands in a shallow pool and pet sting rays, you know, the thing that KILLED Steve Irwin. Yeah, you can let your little children pet them.
There is another pool that you can stick your hand in and pet a sturgeon. The sturgeon is an ANCIENT fish. They were around before there even were great lakes! The ones we petted were fairly small, only about a foot long, but we saw some bigger ones in the big tanks that were around five feet long. HUGE AND SCARY.
Kira also liked this bird:
He was part of the Amazon Basin exhibit and one of the workers took him out of his cage to show us. He loved Kira. He kept putting his foot out to her because he wanted to go to her, but because he has a beak that is powerful enough to break a broomstick, they don't let the little children hold him. Kira would have taken him home with her if she could. I was charmed by him too, but after I saw how large and splattery his poop was I didn't think he was all that great.