~Ocean World~Crescent City, CA~

Ocean World Crescent City Aquariam vacation California coast

Crescent City, CA sits on the northern California Coast just south of Oregon.  It’s a cute little town with a population of 7,000…which is less then the town I live in yet they have many more amenities.  It was the closest town to the campground that we stayed at.

There’s a cool little place called “Ocean World” there.  Yes it’s a place that has wild animals held in captivity but the good news is that most, if not all, are rescues brought to them my various people who find them.  Some that most likely wouldn’t have survived in the wild due to their injury.

The day we went had followed a previous day to the beach where someone forgot to bring the sunscreen.  And rather then hopping in the car and driving her happy arse across the street, from the beach, to get some, she sat, visiting with friends, all while her skin was gradually starting to resemble that of a cooked lobsters.  Below is me that same night.  It just kept getting redder and redder and the sun had been gone for hours.

beach sunburn sunscreen lobster Crescent City
BRING ME ALOE!!! NOW!!!

When I awoke the next morning to go put something in the car the sun shined on me and I felt like what probably a vampire feels like when the sun rises!  Ocean World was all indoors…Ocean World it was.

When you arrive you are greeted by lovely ladies behind the desk that inform you when the next tour will be and gladly take all the money out of your wallet.  Then they point you in the direction of the gift shop while you wait, where there are toys and sweatshirts, and nick nacks of all kinds of glorious dust collecting entities.  We escaped there just in time to start our tour.

First stop is the tide pool…

Ocean World Tide Pool Sea Creatures

Ocean World Tide Pool Sea Creatures

The kids got to touch a starfish and some sea urchins all while the guide gave us an informative speech about what all was in the tank.

Next the guide led us into an old barge type ship and to the depths of it where the tanks full of sharks and other sea creatures were.  She also informed us that these sharks swim in 3 feet of water.  So if you are “wading” around in the water…so are they.  Good news is that they don’t bite…much.  Below is one of them.  He looks just like JAWS to me.

sharks ocean world

Beautiful stingrays.  Little bit of info for you about stingrays.  The females are much larger then the males.  When I saw two in a tank I thought that it was a mother and her baby.  Nope just her mate…oops.  Napoleon thought he had it bad.

stingrays ocean world crescent city

And here we are to pet the sharks.  Oh did I say we? I meant my kids and my husband.  You were’t getting my hand in there.  I like my shark cooked on a plate with a nice red wine.

sharks petting ocean world tank

For some reason my youngest daughter chose this pirate to sit next to for a picture.  He’s a wee bit creepy looking if you ask me.

Ocean World Crescent City

My husband looking being funny…

Ocean World Crescent City pirates vacation

And the best part of the 45 minute tour was the sea lions.  They were so cute and the kids thoroughly enjoyed watching them perform all their tricks.

Ocean World Crescent City sea lions vacation IMG_4286IMG_4298IMG_4300

Now remember in the beginning when I said we escaped the gift shop?  Well of course at the end of the tour you go through a door that leads you right back into the gift shop.  We each got a sweatshirt and let the kids pick one toy each.  Out of all the beautiful sea related toys what does my 5 year old son pick?  A Minecraft toy!  **shrugs**

Enjoy!

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