Ahhhh…Spring! Spring is in the air. The time of year when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of…chaperoning a bunch of short attention spanned 3rd graders?!?! Yup! It’s that time of year again. Your friendly neighborhood jman made what seems to becoming my annual pilgrimage to Adventure Aquarium, this time with Jakob and his class.
I AM getting smarter about these things, though. I took a ton of pictures. Forget keeping an eye on the kids in my group. I’ve got work to do! I’ve got people to entertain!
Our adventure at the aquarium began with some shark petting. FYI…only use 2 fingers to pet the sharks, k?!?!? I swear kids are so stupid or have extreme wax build up in their ears, because the guy with the microphone had to say it over and over again. If it were me, after the 10th time I’d be wicked pissed and screaming at the kids.
Guess that’s why I write and not curate exhibits at aquariums.
The aquarium has a huge ass tank in it. According to their website, it holds 760,000 gallons of seawater. Folks, that’s more seawater than the amount of water contained in the Gulf of Mexico 1
We stood there for a bit marveling at all the sea creatures.
The tank is full of all kinds of sealife. But the only thing we cared about? The sharks. And how come the sharks weren’t causing all sorts of spectacular damage?
I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself with the shark business, here. I’ll be going more indepth with them later. For now, let’s say the tank was a bit disappointing. That is, if you were expecting some carnage.
One of the main attractions at the aquarium this year was Magic Mighty Mike. You might think that Magic Mighty Mike is some sort of exotically bred alligator. Nope. Magic Mighty Mike hails from the good ol’ pan handle state of Florida. He was found back in 2000 doing shit that he wasn’t supposed to. Instead of “disposing” of the creature, some genius (and I’m not being facetious here when I say “genius”, because the guy’s probably making a ton of money) saved him, gave him a clever name and put him on tour.
Magic Mighty Mike clocks in at 14 feet long and 800 pounds. According to the employee manning Magic Mighty Mike’s exhibit, he’s “supposedly” (my word, not there’s) the largest alligator in the country. On display. Outside of Florida. I don’t know. When you put it like that, makes Magic Mighty Mike a bit less impressive.
I don’t want to diminish his size, though. The fucker is pretty big.
Stay tuned for more, next time!
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Images courtesy of:
Gulf of mexico: earthobservatory.nasa.gov
- No. It’s not. I just totally made that shit up ↩