Visited Coney Island this weekend. I do that a lot. In fact, I’m going to take a few posts this week to discuss my love for the place, and certain plans I have for this summer that center around it.
The highlight of my visit yesterday was a stop at the New York Aquarium. Sadly, the place took a bad hit from Sandy, and it’s been reduced to about half of what it was the last time I visited. Those sharks and sea turtles and jellyfish weren’t there this time, though the signs said they’d be back next year.
The sea lions were still there, though. And they’re still the stars of the show.
They still have both sea lions from last time – Duke and Osborne – but I didn’t think to take any pictures until the very end, when Ozzie came out to take his bows:
I’m always amazed by the bond between the trainers and the sea lions. You don’t think of sea lions as being dangerous, like sharks or killer whales, but really, they are. When you get up close, you realize just how big and powerful these creatures really are. You have this 800-pound predator in the tank with two humans…and they’re playing.
Turns out that bond helped to save the sea lions during Sandy. They trusted their humans. And that’s more wonderful than any trick I saw yesterday.