kelp is on the way


On days such as this, I’m all the more eager to continue my plan of absconding to Atlantis, living beneath the waves in an isolated society of my own design.

A lost oceanic city may not be real (yet!), but there’s always Monterey Bay Aquarium, my personal “happiest place on Earth!” I could have stared into those seemingly endless open-ocean tanks forever, gazing at the soft spiraling arms of kelp until I was lulled into a meditative state to match the New Age music that constantly plays in these watery halls.


It was heartrending to see the expansive Open Sea exhibit without the mola, the enormous bony fish that won my heart ten years ago! Luckily there were plenty of other interesting creatures to see, as well as plush molas for sale in the gift shop. My mom, sister, and I each came away with a snuggly sunfish tucked under our arms.


So many strange new friends, big and small!


My favorite stop of our oceanic odyssey was TENTACLES, an incredible exhibit featuring all the sweet cephalopods I could ever wish to lay eyes upon. Nautiloids! Octopuses! More cuttlefish than I’ve ever seen in my life! What more could a girl ask for?


A peaceful giant fish, perhaps?


Or an even larger one with a tendency for showing off in front of the camera?

I wish you all restful, rewarding, and meaningful weekends. (To any of my American readers participating in the Women’s March on Washington tomorrow: safe travels!) If certain political events are making things seem very unfortunate indeed, I recommend watching the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s live-cams to find a bit of sanctuary.

11 thoughts on “kelp is on the way

  1. thesnailmail January 21, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    Welcome to California! The next time you come, they may have another Mola Mola. They’re constantly bringing them in, but returning them to their home in the bay as they grow too large to be confined to the aquarium.

    Now I want a plush ocean sunfish, too… I’ll have to squeeze in a visit soon.

    • Mailbox Mermaid January 22, 2017 / 7:42 pm

      That’s the rumor we heard from one of the aquarium employees! Apparently they may already have 2 smaller sunfish that they are focus-feeding right now before introducing them to the tank. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY recommend plush molas; it was hilarious to see my mom approach the register with 3 sunfish in tow and watch the cashier’s delight when she noticed that they were being purchased for her very grown-up “children”…

  2. Ari Baker January 23, 2017 / 10:40 am

    Beautiful pictures! I also love your new profile pic!

    • Mailbox Mermaid January 23, 2017 / 11:33 am

      Thank you kindly! it makes me so happy to think back to that moment at the aquarium every time I look at it! 🙂

  3. Lissa Clouser January 26, 2017 / 9:43 am

    I love this so much! Makes me want to go to an aquarium again, even if the ones around here aren’t so fantastic. Hubby and I stopped at the kaiyukan (aquarium in Osaka) last year during our trip to Japan. They focus on exhibits for the entire ring of fire. It was AMAZING.

    • Mailbox Mermaid January 30, 2017 / 8:38 am

      Whoa, that sounds amazing indeed! 😀 I live in a kind of aquarium dead zone myself, so I was very glad to get the chance to go to California!

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