I'm learning there is a lot to see and do at Pier 39 in San Francisco. Being an animal lover, I had to check out Aquarium of the Bay. It's home to over 20,000 animals, creatures and critters. Most of them are native to the area and it's surprising to hear how many of them are endangered. This isn't just a place to gawk at fish swimming by, it's a chance to learn about them and more importantly what we can do to help their survival.
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Our tour begins with a visit to some circular aquariums with schools of fish swimming around and around. Then it hits you: a display about trash at the bottom of the water. It's eye-opening but also a reminder that so much of what people throw away ends up in the water, deeply impacting the lives struggling to survive there.
Don't get me wrong, it's amazing to walk through the giant aquariums because it feels like you're underwater with sharks and stingrays, but you can't help but be reminded that their beauty might be no more if humans don't change.