At the Seattle Aquarium sometimes feel forced, especially on a busy Saturday with small children all vying for the attention of the many creatures within the tanks, but this visit produced some intimate moments for myself and my daughter. The most memorable being while camera in one hand, I displayed with the other how the sea anemone will greet your finger… all you have to do is hold it close. The squeal of delight when one sticky polyp after another began investigating her finger, was priceless!

The ability to see all the legs of a starfish was also a special treat…

With the back-lighting bringing to life the intimidating urchins and ‘giant green’ anemones…

We didn’t miss the timid, ‘hello’ from a ‘fuzzy’ crab and spotted fish…

Or the salmon passing through the ladder…

Overall, we got to meet some amazing beings and the photos barely capture the experience.

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