The people in the background are freaking out about how "sweet" the otters are, presumably for their display of affection. I'm not saying this isn't cute. It's a cute bomb with a mushroom cloud over it. But you have to wonder -- if these were ugly creatures (squid, cuttlefish, elderly German tourists in teeny-tiny bathing suits...) "holding hands" while floating around in the water, would we be oooohh-ing and aaaaah-ing, or looking away in disgust?
For instance, what if it were two blobfish holding fins in the water on a fine day?
|Neither a German tourist on Corfu, nor my Great Uncle Hank...|
Or, take the poor coelacanth. When these prehistoric-holdover fish get their heads stuck in Kleenex boxes, don't expect the video to get 17 billion hits on YouTube. These "living fossils" were thought to have been extinct for 65 million years, until they one was caught by a fishermen in the 1930s. For scientists, this discovery was like finding out that a celebrity you thought died before you were born is actually still alive. (BTW, did you know that, as of this writing, Ernest Borgnine, "The Coelacanth of Celebrities," is still kicking at 95??)
|The Ernest Borgnine of the Sea|
Or maybe the Coelacanth should just find a better agent?