Today we went to the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. This is the large truck you see with the big sea turtle on it. It has aquariums in it and travels all over the state, going to libraries and letting the fish come to the people, instead of the other way around. They also have a movie and teaching program they do in the libraries. It was very cramped and dark inside the truck, with only four aquariums. But the fish were unusual, and the expert was eager to answer all questions. It was hard to get pictures, because of the pitch dark, and a flash would have reflected on the glass. The little shark you see is called a Chain Link Dogfish Shark, because you can see his pattern resembles a chain link fence. He lives in very deep water and won't get much more than 15 inches long. But my favorite was this round fish with all the prickles and very blue popped out eyes. It is called a Striped Burrfish, and grows to only about 10 inches. They eat hermit crabs, and have been known to swallow them whole, shell and all. They are a type of Puffer fish. When threatened, they will blow themselves up like a big balloon! It made me think of the Pharisees, who were all puffed up and full of air, only wanting to appear better than everyone else, but not really having a heart after God. They loved running around showing how righteous they all were, but they cared more about laws than kindness. This little Puffer would have been the perfect pet for a Pharisee.
"We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is loved by God." 1 Cor. 8:1,3