It rained all day on Wednesday so Pete and I decided to take Ellie to the South Carolina Aquarium. Matt and Jen had been before on a previous trip to Charleston so they stayed at the condo. Again, I expected Ellie to be delighted by the brightly lit tanks and the colorful fish. Again, I was so. very. wrong. She was terrified!! I had no idea her little grip could be so tight!
Luckily, they had a little children's area where she could run around and play that was totally fish-free. She liked the cardboard shark. (little did we know that later in the week we would see a real live shark on our beach!)
The 'petting zoo' was also a big hit. A big thank you goes out to the too-sweet volunteers at the aquarium who put the sea creatures in a bowl for Ellie so she could get a good look without falling in the little tank.
As soon as Ellie saw this turtle, she toddled herself over and climbed right up on his back. We actually had to pull her away later on so that another little girl could enjoy it. The other girl didn't quite understand why this baby kept pulling on her leg. Ellie will use whatever she has available to climb up on something, it doesn't matter if it is someone else's limb :)
Then we saw a real live turtle! He swam up to say 'hello'.
On our way out Ellie tried on an eagle's nest for size and saw the resident bald eagle.
So that was our day at the South Carolina Aquarium! We didn't think it was as nice as the Newport Aquarium, but it was a good way to spend a rainy afternoon.