June 12, 2008

You're pretty good looking for jailbait



I find jellyfish to be the most fascinating organisms on Earth.

I took this video in an aquarium in Maui. There was only one large cylindrical container full of these babies in the whole place. I found that to be a big disappointing, considering this was an aquarium on a Hawaiian island. They should be able to pick these guys up off the boat!

I ran away from my family in the aquarium and went on ahead to hunt for the jellyfish exhibit. Every water-creature bearing park must have them. It's a standard that should be upheld always.

I don't care that I looked like a total dink of a tourist taking 1:26 minutes of footage of jellyfish in a tank. Shortly after, I found that I was being trailed. Some tall drink of water in nylon basketball shorts and a red t-shirt. He commented to me at the display of upside-jellyfish (which I have a sneaking suspicion are just more translucent sea anemones).

"Kinda cool, huh? Bit boring though."
"Yeah, I guess."

He proceeded to ask me if I wanted to see the shark exhibit with him, which was just beginning. A tour guide was schooling some aquarium-goers about sharks in Hawaii, while some scuba-diver hand named Scott communicated with us from inside the tank as he fed the giant sting rays.
We sat on benches in front of the tank and he said his name was Nate. He couldn't have been older than 18. I am uncomfortable now.
He tried making small-talk as I feigned incredible fascination with the sharks and rays. He said he's from California. I say I'm from New York. He says that's pretty cool. I say, yeah it is. We are both on vacation with our families.

After the demonstration is over, Nate wonders if he can have my number. I blink in response. Really, Nate? You live in California. I live in New York. It's not gonna work out, man.

He says, Yeah, well... I don't know. I guess I figured I would ask anyway... Man, you really are from New York.

Damn straight, Nate. Damn straight.

1 comment:

K-Hawk said...

Should have banged him.