A drunk man became curious about sea life while on a night out so bombarded an aquarium hotline with questions about seahorses, fish-food traditions, and prehistoric sea life.
The man, who remains anonymous, had lots on his mind while out having a drink and over two hours he text the education line seven individual questions.
He was curious about what his environment would have looked like before it was dry-land, about what those who study marine life disagree over and why seahorses grip things with their tail.
Then the next morning the aquarium educator replied and answered each question, before adding the man’s wife was ‘turtle-y lucky’ that he drunk text aquariums rather than other women.
The expert from South Carolina Aquarium, in the US, shared an image of the messages with the caption: “When someone drunk texts the ‘ask an aquarium educator’ number’.”
The questions read: “I’m currently at the corner of Market and Meeting, what would I have seen around me 10,000 years ago before the area was settled by humans?
“Also, when was the area first settled?
“Is there something unique to the low country that those who study marine life are fascinated by?”
The first three questions were sent around 10.30pm, but the second half were sent nearly two hours later, at 12.05am.
The second set read: “On what subjects do marine biologists disagree? There must be things generally agreed upon, but what theories are currently being debated?
“Also, why do sea horses grab anything they can with their prehensile tail?
“Why should I only eat oysters in months that contain the letter ‘R’?”
The aquarium also shared an image of the answers, although not every answer was included.
They read: “Sea horses like to use their tails to hold on because they aren’t very good swimmers and they may get tossed around in currents if they aren’t holding on.
“As for oysters, this ‘rule’ comes from the fact that bacteria that is harmful to humans is more likely to be present during the warmer seasons that do not end with an R.
“Waiting for the months that end with an R also allows for spat (baby oysters) to reach an appropriate size and for populations to recover before harvest.”
The post on Facebook attracted many likes and comments, with many people wanting to know what the experts disagree on – so they kindly posted the answer.
They wrote: “There are a number of topics disputed by biologists. Sometimes they are disputed because of the interests they have in certain species.
“A few examples are: The scientific name of marsh grass. Some scientists say that it is Spartina alterniflora others say Sporabolus alterniflorus. There are a number of theories as to why the Megalodon shark went extinct. There are also debates surrounding the purpose of keeled scales on snakes. And many many more.”
Others were quick to praise the aquarium and thank them for the information.
One user, Annie Keeping, wrote: “I have officially added the SC Aquarium to my list of dream destinations. The patience and thoroughness of the Aquarium Educator should be legendary.
“Also, I will be avoiding the Ask an Aquarium Educator number at all costs for fear the temptation would be too great after beer number three.”
And Audrey Smith wrote: “The more important question from a fellow zoo educator: you have an Ask the Aquarium Educator program that people can text or call questions in to and receive actual answers? How did that magic happen?”
While Lauren Morgens said: “I am quite impressed by the interesting questions Drunk Guy came up with!”