Updated: Nov 23, 2019
When writing this blog post, I debated to call it "My Epic Fail at Sea World"but decided it was a bit too gloomy of a title, so instead decided to go with something super basic like "A Day at Sea World San Diego"!
So before I get into the saga about the biggie mishap at Sea World, let's start off with a little history. Years ago when the kids were little (to give you a reference point, our son couldn't even walk and he's now almost 12), we had annual "Fun Cards" to Sea World and went a handful of times, but mostly did the "little kid" Sesame Street type of rides and attractions. Now that our kiddos are all in their teens (or almost there), I received a couple of free passes and decided to take the kids by myself for the day.
If you know anything about my family, we (or maybe just me) are a Type A, super serious, "early bird gets the worm" sort of fam when it comes to visiting amusement parks because we know the best time for the shortest lines is the very first hour, so luckily for us, Sea World San Diego is not far from where we live, (about 35 minutes away) and we were able to arrive right at opening time. (which in my book is really "late"...I normally like to get to any theme park a good half an hour before the gates open, but since I was parenting solo this day, I thought I'd try to be "laid back mom", which meant arriving at opening time.)
Upon entering the park, the kids were immediately drawn to an area called "Explorer's Reef" where they have several hands-on experiences of touching various marine life in small pools of water. For my kids, one area stood out from the rest and it was the "Feeder Fish" pool.
These tiny little creature eat plant and animal matter off of various surfaces, so if you stand real still (and you have a lot of dead skin 😳), they start gently nibbling on your hands. I'm sure you've probably seen similar things on TV where Feeder Fish are used in exotic pedicures in other countries. The kind and patient employees at Sea World reminded us patrons to keep our shoes on!
This was a "hands-on" activity only! Feeder Fish Verdict: My kids L-O-V-E-D it!