35 Yesterday!

Good morning my friends…

Well, as promised, here is a little update on the birthday trip to the Vancouver Aquarium.  Unfortunately, fish and especially sharks swim quite quickly and are very hard to capture with a camera.  Plus, it was pretty dark in their tanks, so I guess some things you just have to take in and admire on sight.  We did get a few fun shots though, and I have posted a sampling of these here for ya today!

There was so much beautiful stuff to admire at the Aquarium, and I really felt like a little kid, taking it all in for the first time.  Both Fraser and I have a blast there.  I just loved watching the Black Tip Reef Sharks swim in their habitat… they are actually kind of cute, and small enough that you could hold one!  LOL!  The Jelly Fish were a real revelation, and their beauty is quite amazing.  Of course the Aquarium has more to offer than just fish, and it’s home to Whales, seas otter and lions, Monkeys, insects, reptiles and one of Fraser and my personal faves, Schoona, a gorgeous green sea turtle who was recently rescued of the shores of Prince Rupert in BC?!?!  Not exactly the regular haunt for these lovely creatures!  Sadly none of our pics of Schoona turned out.

In all, I had a wonderful day, and I was SPOILED ROTTEN this year by Fraser. Would you believe he gave me not one, but 2 genuine Carcharodon Megalodon teeth for my birthday!  WAH – HOO!!!  These are the genuine article, real live fossilized Megalodon teeth, the kind you might find in a museum… and the largest one is HUGE and fills up the palm of my hand!  The crazy cool thing is that given the Megalodon’s teeth in general, the largest one isn’t even as big as they come… course you need to re-mortgage your bloody house if you wanna own one of the largest available on the market.

For those of you who are not science geeks, the Carcharodon Megalodon lived between 15 and 25 million years ago, and could grow to lengths of over 50 feet.  That makes today’s great whites look like guppies by comparison.  They were the largest flesh eaters EVER to live on the planet, surpassing champs such as the Tyrannosaurus Rex, and even the Spinosaurus.

Their favorite snacks were whales, and it’s thought that Megalodon went extinct only because their prey were able to migrate to the relative safety of colder waters, where poor Meg could not follow.  As their food source ran out, so did Meg’s reign of terror!

In a sense though, it may be lucky for us these giants did not survive.  We could kiss our access to the oceans goodbye if they were still around today!

All that to say that I am still blown away by this amazing and exceptionally thoughtful gift.  I never really imagined I would ever own one of these things… They are GORGEOUS… and to hold them in my hands feels quite magical and fires my imagination.  It’s like a time machine in a way — and I can’t help but wonder what kinds of animal these teeth ripped into…and who they were attached to.  I tells ya, I’m a lucky boy to have a Fraser! :o)

Well, I suppose I’ve geeked out enough for one day!  LOL!  I want to thank you all for the warm birthday wishes, dear friends… and in closing, I leave you with the beautiful black cover Boytoon from issue #133, by Jacob Mott, since I got a request for him all by himself.

More Boytoons from me soon.  Much love to you all!

Hugz + Kisses,

Patrick XOXO

Comments

  1. Hi there, un joyeux non-anniversaire, mon cher,
    Sorry I miss your BD yesterday, but glad to be the first today to wish you a happy non-Birthday, my dear (I don’t know how the Mad Hatter sings it I Disney’s ‘Alice’, it’s just a guess from the French version) I feel stupid sometimes I just got it on Blackle (Energy saving Google), here we go: “A very merry unbirthday to you”!

  2. I’ll ad I agree with you about Fraser: you both seem quite lucky to have found each other… Is there any more left where he came from? brothe, cousin, even a clone will do ^__^

  3. Hey Joey…

    Thanks for the birthday wishes! :oD Much appreciated — and so was your song! LOL! ;)

    And yeah, Fraser is pretty amazing. We are pretty thrilled to be in one another’s lives. To my knowledge, here are currently no clones of him, but I think there’s profit to be made there. I bet I could make a fortune by replicating him and selling copies on the Class Comics website! MWAH-HA! HA!HA! HA!

    Thanks again, my friend! Have a great day! :oD
    Hugz + kisses,
    Patrick XOXO

  4. It sounds like you had a great birthday, and I’m totally jealous about the Megalodon teeth…what a great present to get a shark nut.

    Hold on to that thoughtful man of yours the good ones are indeed a rare breed.

  5. Happy belated birthday, Patrick! Looks like you had a blast. For some reason, I was surprised that you’d be an aquarium buff, but it totally makes sense. Now you know what ya gotta do with all that inspiration… AQUAMAN & AQUALAD FANART!!!

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