Our bus drove through Valencia this morning, and when I opened my eyes I thought we had taken a detour to Australia. There were several enormous white buildings placed in a pool of water, one of which looked pretty similar to the Sydney Opera House. Santiago Calatrava was the architect for all of the buildings, and it's obvious why his style is so famous!
Next stop was the Oceonográfico, the largest aquarium in Europe. After wading through droves of Spanish school children, we entered an underwater tunnel surrounded by huge sharks, giant spider crabs, translucent jellyfish, and manta rays. After filming an open-mouthed shark overhead, we continued to the arctic exhibit. Walruses floated through the freezing water while I snapped pictures like mad, until I heard a sound so loud I almost dropped my camera to cover my ears.
It sounded like one of two things: either a heavy metal chair being pulled across the ground, or a very disgruntled toddler shrieking. After looking around the room for the culprit, I noticed it was the albino white beluga whale making the noise. More ear-piercing calls echoed off the walls, and I finally figured out that the whale was calling to the seal it was just playing with, who apparently went hiding. Covering my ears, but smiling all the same, I hurried to the other side of the park to catch the dolphin show at noon.
Posted by: Logan Troutman