Luckily, the Children's Museum brought us out a box of big rubber fish, which were not only fun to throw around, but also perfect for photos that make it look like we caught an actual fish. Not even an hour after we brought out the rubber fish, a young boy thought that he would be a good samaritan and return the fish where they belong - the channel. It was a thoughtful gesture, but we were of the opinion that fake fish don't belong in the real water, so we grabbed our buckets and a big net and set to work.
Sam and I drew quite the crowd as we threw the net into the water, and after a few minutes of trial and error, we managed to get the fish back onto land where it belonged.
We thought that would be the most out of the ordinary part of our day, but we were wrong; there's always another adventure to be had at the Children's Museum! While we were showing off our impressive touch tank full of green crabs (we had almost twenty in there!), a parent pointed out that there was a jellyfish in the water. I had seen a plastic grocery bag floating along earlier, so I wasn't in a hurry to turn around, but the excitement from the kids and the youth staff confirmed that she was right.
Once again, we grabbed our big net and our bucket and we set to work. Sam has proven to be an expert at wrangling things with the net, so she took charge and managed to get the jellyfish into the net. We brought up the jelly, dropped him in the bucket, and all gathered 'round to see what we had found.
It was a moon jelly! These jellyfish aren't dangerous to humans, so we were able to pick it up and see what it was like to hold it. Just like you would imagine, they're squishy and slimy!
Another day, another catch. I can't wait to see what else we snag in our nets this summer!
Here's to bigger and better catches!