held captive.

She was.

They are.

I have mixed feelings about such impressive sea creatures being housed in large aquariums, yet I am thankful for the accessible opportunity my kid has to experience them - and be mesmerized.

As I watch her classmates chatter excitedly about the sharks, turtles and stingrays, I hope their enthusiasm in this experience generates more will to become better friends with our planet and all its creatures.