Tampa Bay - April 1

Monday, 31.03.2014 / 6:13 PM

When we think of April Fools’ Day (or Poisson d’avril in French), the first thing that comes to mind are the best tricks and pranks that we can play on other people. With the word “poisson” (or fish in English) in mind on our trip to Tampa, we took a short stroll down Channelside Drive to explore The Florida Aquarium, home to more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals from Florida and around the globe. If you’re looking to get up close and personal with some of the most interesting specimens the sea has to offer, this place will not disappoint!

Stingray exhibits are among the more popular attractions at the aquarium. At Stingray Beach, you can actually touch a variety of different species of stingrays, including Southern Rays and Blue Spotted Rays while walking along a boardwalk. As intimidating as they might look, don’t be intimidated by these venomous creatures at all. They’ll typically only resort to using one or more of their barbed stingers if they feel threatened.

It’s safe to say sharks are naturally intimidating. Here’s the proof! The Florida Aquarium, however, can help anyone overcome their fear of these daunting creatures. They actually offer a unique opportunity for certified divers to head into this very tank and be surrounded by everything from massive sharks and eels to barracuda and sea turtles. Talk about the experience of a lifetime.

While marine life might be fairly harmonious, wars are likely waged every now and again. Case in point was this epic tilt between a pair of otters during our visit. It’s a good indication of how things should go down when the Canadiens and Lightning do battle at the Tampa Bay Times Forum during our stay. We, of course, plan on coming out on top!

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