The Great White Manatee


I took the kids to see the Shark Exhibit and movie at the Montreal Science Centre.

We took the subway to get there. Kids under 12 are free. Ben is not yet twelve and Emilie is only 10 so we got a pretty good deal on transportation.

Emilie and Ben in the metro heading towards Place D'Armes.

Emilie and Ben in the metro heading towards Place D’Armes.

We made a great day out of it.

Our first activity was to locate food trucks in and around Montreal. This is new for us Montrealers (or for Montrealers by proxy like Lavalites). We typically could not have food trucks on our territory. Now, there is a trial project that if a restaurateur owns a fixed address establishment, they can also own a food truck and serve food in one of the 9 food truck locations: http://cuisinederue.org/en/pilot-project-in-ville-marie/

Now, I knew I had seen food trucks in the old port and this is where I went. Only to discover that the trucks encountered there are actually fixed address trucks that rent lots on the old port grounds and not part of the food truck association.

We ate at Dic Ann’s and Deli Vieux Port de Montréal. There were picnic tables laid out for us. It was a great unhealthy but tasty start to our day.

The Kids ordering from the fixed food trucks In the Old Port of Montreal

The Kids ordering from the fixed food trucks In the Old Port of Montreal

Emilie with her Poutine

Emilie with her Poutine

Ben with his hamburger

Ben with his hamburger

Then, we walked on towards the Montréal Science Centre to see the Shark Exhibition.

The Exhibition includes a 45-minute Imax movie about Great White Sharks and a 3 room exhibit on the various shark species, etc.

The entire Family pursued by a shark. Is it Bruce from Finding Nemo?

The entire Family pursued by a shark. Is it Bruce from Finding Nemo?

Now, what I found most interesting is that we got to see shark teeth from Megalodon. My son and I are fans of the Meg series written by Steve Alten.

Steve Alten Meg Origins

Steve Alten Meg Origins

What is interesting in the Imax movie we see is the Great White Shark is shown as an almost placid creature. Very smart but almost placid. Almost like the Florida Manatee.

However, there are moments of sheer beauty when a lone diver is in a water with a great white and they are having an eye to eye. That is a thing of wonder. I do not think you can stare at a lion or a jaguar or a crocodile like that and live to tell the tale.

We do not see them eat any creatures, we see what shark tourism can bring to communities, etc. It’s a very very pro-shark movie. Now, I’m all for preserving sharks but what makes them worthy of preservation is their keen hunting skills, their longevity on the planet.

Sharks are made of cartilage and not bone. Their teeth grow back. They are lean mean surviving machines and this is why they need to be preserved. If we can’t save the Great White, what hope is there for us feeble humans?

Ben in a Shark Cage

Ben in a Shark Cage

Afterwards, we were sharked out. We went to visit the Science 26 exhibition and got to make science with our minds and hands. We got to play with science which is absolutely marvelous.

Emilie in a bubble Shower

Emilie in a bubble Shower

We stayed until closing time. They actually had to kick us out! You should make sure to visit the Montreal Science Centre on your next trip to town: http://www.montrealsciencecentre.com/

Emilie Feeding Duck Chicks

Emilie Feeding Duck Chicks

Then, we walked up Beaver Hall to reach Ben and Jerry’s for ice cream.

Both kids at Ben and Jerry's in late afternoon

Both kids at Ben and Jerry’s in late afternoon

Afterwards, we shopped at Zara’s and went to Chapters to peruse books.

The Producer joined us there and we went to dinner at a Japanese Brasserie.

Stay tuned for that story.

Enjoy your Sunday my friends.

Yours Truly, Cooksploratrice

 

 

 

 

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