Colin is working some crazy 13+ hour shifts for the next few days, so he wanted to take the family for a nice day out while he had the chance. We cancelled our usual Thursday plans and headed off to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, stopping at Trago Mills on the way for a quick browse and some lunch.
When we arrived at the aquarium, we looked around the first rockpool area and then headed all the way down to the shark tank, as the dive show was about to start.
After watching the divers for a bit, we retraced our steps to look at everything we’d missed. Tabitha particularly liked the jellyfish.
I was interested to hear that these two zebra sharks are not only twins, but are also clones of their mother, produced through a rare natural process called parthenogenesis.
Sitting in front of the big tanks was mesmerising. Esther was getting quite grumpy by this point as she wouldn’t nap in the sling or the pushchair, but watching the fish kept her happy.
There was a little side room with a rockpool scene projected onto the floor, complete with fish swimming around and ripples created by movement. Esther loved it! She spent ages watching and trying to catch the fish.
We paid another visit to the big sharks before leaving.
We then went for a walk around the city centre in the dark and bought a warm cinnamon pretzel to try, which was delicious! Similar to a churro or doughnut, but less sweet and a bit healthier! I’d like to try baking some at home.
We had dinner at an all-you-can-eat restaurant and then headed home. The main road home from the motorway was closed, so we got back later than expected and all went straight to bed! Our tickets allow us to go back for free for the next year, so I’m sure we’ll visit again at some point.