I spent the entire day by myself in Nassau, Bahamas. It’s the most time I’ve been able to spend by myself since my Sister’s passing. This not me complaining. This is me recognizing that I’ve been very clingy to my family and friends. Some time to myself wasn’t too bad of an idea.
I paid $4 for a taxi to take me to Atlantis. I honestly knew very little about Atlantis. The only thing I could associate with Atlantis was “underwater”. So I decided to educate myself a little to see what all the hype is about. I paid $20 for a crew aquarium day pass. I made sure to ask if they had whales in their aquarium (which they don’t by the way) because I wasn’t going to spend any of my money anywhere that keeps whales captive.
The name of the aquarium that I paid for was called “The Dig”. The other areas are free which included a “Predator Tunnel” where barracudas and sharks hang out. Then there was a beautiful area where they kept sea turtles and stingrays (separated of course). I found so much peace watching them in their underwater environment. There was a bench in The Dig where it was dark and the only light available was coming from the light of the tank. It was my own personal oasis. I sat. Listened to music. And thought a lot about my little Sis and how much I miss her.
While I fish watched, I saw some pretty cool things happen:
1) A fish created the biggest fish poop I’ve ever seen. It was pretty disturbing that a small fish like that can drop a deuce that big. You can tell it was pretty hefty because it dropped straight to the bottom of the tank. Gross! But cool!
2) A huge manta ray covered itself under tons of sand and just laid there. When other fish swam by it, the manta ray seemed to get annoyed and shook on more sand. Then I got to see the manta ray swim away leaving traces of sparkling sand in the watery dust. I was sitting at this bench for a long time.
3) The lobsters were really cool to watch. What I didn’t understand was how some of the lobsters had this weird fluffy stuff underneath themselves. I wonder if it determined the boys from the girl lobsters? Or did it mean that they shed some shell? Or where they injured? I gotta look that up.
4) I observed a Saw Shark for the first time up close ever in life. I felt kind of bad for it. It’s nose was huge and shaped like a saw. In the fish world, it just seemed like an inconvenience. Almost like it always has to be extra careful about where he swims so he doesn’t slam into the walls or other fish. That’s like being freakishly tall and having to constantly make sure you don’t bump your head in places of convenience.
5) I can see how other fish and some humans can get stung by jellyfish. They’re so cool to look at and you want to touch their squishy silky bodies. But obviously that’s a no-no. All I kept thinking about while watching them was the movie “Sphere” and that scene where Queen Latifah’s character gets killed by all those jellyfish. It was gross.
6) I donated $5 to the Sea Turtle project. I was impressed by how well they take care of these endangered species. It seemed like all the sea animals were treated so well. And they had tons of space to swim around. I think it’s great that some of the marine life can be away from some of the dangers of the ocean and in a safer environment. Learned from this SEA WORLD!!!
I know some people might be against the idea of marine animals being cooped up in tanks. I’m definitely one of those people. But after seeing Atlantis and how well they take care of them, it’s better to see those animals in a safer environment and away from other predators, boats, and cruel and careless humans.
Today was nice. A lot of reflection. A lot of quiet time. I wish I was able to FaceTime with my Sister. That’s my normal go-to when I’m in ports with WiFi. But that’s no longer the case and it stings a lot. A lot of time is needed to heal this wound. Maybe a lot of quiet trips to the Atlantis aquarium.