Alligators have cat-like eyes? Did not know that. No sir, did not know that.
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All the deets…
This is the scene at the back entrance to the California Academy of Sciences building in Golden Gate Park during the early hours of a recent nightLife night - it’s famous Claude the Albino Alligator chilling in his crib, the Swamp. Unseen is Bonnie the banal, non-albino gator who cut him with a quickness earlier this year.
But Claude’s back in action these days, better than ever. Take a visit to check it out – you can actually see the dino damage suffered by this crafty crocodilian from the railing high above. Let’s have a look-see:
The mise-en-scene. See how big he is? Click to expand:
Now it’s time for the close-ups. Here’s Claude from last year – you can see five digits, right?
And here’s Claude these days. It’s underwater, but you can see just a nub where his starboard pinkie foretoe used to be. (The rumor that Bonnie is in fact innocent and that San Francisco Chronicle Editor-at-Large Phil Bronstein got in his old wetsuit and attacked Claude’s right foot yelling “lagarto vendetta!” all the while is simply that – just a rumor with no proof whatsoever.)
It always appears as if he’s looking up at the visitors to the Cal Academy – is he wishing for someone to fall in?
Can you see the fish in the photo above – it got snapped up a few seconds later. Chomp chomp.
Good for you, Claude. Get those fish, get ‘em all.
Well, as promised, the California Academy of Sciences debuted their nightLife program last night. It was wildly popular, with thousands of attendees. You had DJs, hard drinks, ID checks, wristbands, rope lines, limos parked out front - just like a night club. Inside, you had a youthful social scene + sciencey things. Some people were all dolled up in high, high, heels and others were in blue jeans, but everybody got along. What could be better?
But, man, it’s so much easier to buy your tickets online instead of queueing up. And for that matter, it’s even easier to become a member for a year for $99. Membership Has Its Privileges, as they say.
Anyway, the line for people who couldn’t get online tickets went around the huge building. Click to expand:
Rainforest by night:
Under the dome, friendly butterflies:
And not-so-freindly snakes:
Popular San Francisco District One Supervisor Eric Mar (The Mayor of the Richmond) dropped by. Here he encounters yet another ugly customer:
Have a Heineken, look at a fish. From high up in the canopy through the see-through floor:
But let’s not forget about the free-flowing no host bar…
…and the dancing:
See you there next week!