Snorkeling the Under the Sea exhibit at the Denver Aquarium would have been more exciting if I hadn’t watched it on every round I’ve made as a volunteer guide. Still my view from the top revealed a number of things I’ve never have seen from the walkway.
An interesting fish approached and took a big interest in my gloved fingers. I knew that no snorkelers have ever been nibbled in Under the Sea, but thanks to that visit, I also knew that the dive safety team’s decision to glove against fish nibbles was an excellent call.
Active moray eels are easy to spot near exhibit windows, but in the quiet recesses they drape themselves in crevasses and over a “window” in the faux coral formation like discarded stockings. The cownose rays seemed cliquish, hanging out in an area where they are fed, but whenever I swam that way I felt welcomed by them.
As usual, the mermaids were the real eye catchers, especially when they breached, shed their tails, slung them over their shoulders, and strolled away.