July 30, 2013

Micah & Sharks & Gators, Oh My!

We visited the state's aquarium this past weekend. True to usual self, Micah was drawn to all things with sharp teeth. He spend a few seconds (his limit...the boy HAS to move!) at the shark tank and then was entranced (for another few seconds!) by the albino alligator exhibit.

His first question upon seeing the real gator (and again repeated when he saw this plush costumed one): "Can I smile at him?" Because we all know you Never Smile at a Crocodile!

Gators and crocs look so similar. What's the difference? Crocodiles have V-shaped snouts and their teeth stick out when their mouth is closed. Alligators have U-shaped snouts with no teeth showing.

Geographically, alligators are only found in the US and in China while crocs can be found all over the world.

The aquarium's rare albino alligator is white with pink eyes. He lacks pigments to give his skin color. In the wild he would be an instant target since he can't blend in with his surroundings; the aquarium staff provides a as-close-to-nature-as-possible indoor environment with ample UV lights and vitamin D to maintain his health and safety.

Alligators lose 2000+ teeth during their lives. I think Micah is a bit jealous! He keeps wriggling his own teeth, hoping one will fall out. But until then, he just have to admire the gator's pearly whites.

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