In recognition of June being National Zoo & Aquarium Month, Snappy decided to visit The Houston Downtown Aquarium. This Aquarium holds over 500,000 gallons of water and is home to over 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe. With all that sea life on premises, would anyone even notice a blue gator wandering around?
Snappy made it inside the lobby of the aquarium and was just having a look around, possibly performing some body-builder poses and showing off his ample biceps…
…when he was introduced to none other than Sharkey! Sharkey and Snappy made fast friends and Sharkey agreed to show Snappy around the aquarium, personally.
The first stop was the stingray reef exhibit. The exhibit was very impressive and included the opportunity to touch and even feed actual stingrays.
It did seem like perhaps Snappy was getting hungry himself, watching these tasty morsels swim around right in front of him. Stingrays are fairly close relatives of sharks though, so Snappy figured it’d be better to make the stingrays be friends and not food.
Not wanting to steal too much thunder from the stingrays, Snappy and Sharkey decided to head out into the blistering Houston heat in search of some games to play. Who knew a shark and a gator would grow to be such fast friends?
We will state, for the record and in the interest of full disclosure, that Sharkey won at the water gun shooting game. They agreed to a rematch at a future date though, so keep an eye out for Snappy’s return to the Aquarium!
Sharkey suggested they go for a ride on the carousel. Snappy had never been on a carousel before, as there are sadly no carousels in the swamp. It was great fun, and you an even see video of Snappy riding the carousel on the YouTube video at the bottom of this post!
Snappy was understandably a huge hit with all the children throughout the Aquarium. He had to often stop for photo ops and to take time to high-five and even break into the occasional dance to entertain all the kids.
As the Aquarium is quite literally located right by downtown Houston, we couldn’t resist getting a picture of Snappy in front of some of the skyscrapers before taking him back to the swamp.
As mentioned above, here is a short video documenting Snappy’s visit to the Aquarium:
We want to thank the Houston Downtown Aquarium for the hospitality, and for introducing Snappy to Sharkey. To see more of Snappy’s aquarium adventure, follow HostGator on Instagram!
June is, once again, National Zoo & Aquarium Month. Snappy recently visited The Houston Zoo and he had a great time at the Aquarium! We would like to encourage you to visit the zoos and aquariums in your town. Maybe if you’re lucky, you’ll even see a blue gator there!