“I’m sorry, we will not be taking any questions at this press conference, but thank you for showing up and lavishing attention on me anyway.”
Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:
In June my wife and I took my mom for a walk around the premises of our own Indianapolis Zoo to check out the current residents and the architectural upgrades on a sunny but not-so-sweltering Saturday. In this very special miniseries, we’ll take a look at the beasts and critters who welcomed us and hundreds of other families along the way.
In today’s chapter: a selection of our zoo’s waterborne creatures — mostly mammals, but with a few fish flung into the fray for fun.
Some marine life has access to both water and air environments, such as this deceptively bored sea lion.
But below the surface, the suddenly emboldened sea lion has no time for ennui.
The sea lion knows it’s adored and waves to its fans like Queen Elizabeth II.
In the pool next door, the neighborly walrus shows off its backstroke…
…and, while it enjoys some tanning time, pities the audience members who suffer from sunburn after a day of walking around the zoo without protection.
Its mild manners and frequent pauses for thinking and staring have made the walrus a natural winner in the age of Instagram.
Another 21st-century signifier: aquariums and zoos realize kids won’t look at a single fish unless at least one of them resembles a Finding Nemo cast member.
Also demanded by the kids these days: the chance to pet pint-sized versions of enormous dangerous animals, including but not limited to this itty-bitty shark.
One of our zoo’s most celebrated exhibits is the Dolphin Dome. Submerged within the longtime dolphin tank, the Dome allows guests a worm’s-eye view of life underneath the dolphins…who flit about quickly and don’t care about your cameras.
Sometimes when they’re not paying attention, you might capture them while they’re mingling in the distance.
Or when they’re enthralled by something, such as this barred vent which may or may not have snacks inside.
Whatever their motives or hobbies or schemes, dolphins always make the cutest couples.
To be continued! Other chapters in this miniseries:
Part 1: Lions and Tigers and Bears!
Part 2: The Birds!
Part 3: Reluctant Monkeys
Part 4: The Birds II: Budgie & Lorie
Part 6: A Cold-Blooded Cache
Part 7: Last Call for Critters
Part 8: Habitats & Handicraft