My child is NOT the "jump right into the pool" kind of kid. He's way more the "dip my toe in slowly" kid. But that's ok. Once he does it we have trouble getting him to do the next thing. Geesh!
"Pet the shark Colin. It's so cool! He feels sandpapery."I say with much enthusiasm and amazement.
"Uh, do they bite? "he asks nervously keeping his hands near his chest because he thinks nurse sharks jump 5 ft in the air to snatch little kid hands.
"No sweetie. They wouldn't put the touch tank in if they did that. They are safe. OOOOH...touch the stingrays...mushy!"
"The Crocodile Hunter MOM!!!!!!!!!" he shrieks loudly for everyone to hear.
It's at this point that all hands came out of the water, and I turn beat red. The guide with the microphone quickly stated emphatically that their barbs are clipped regularly and that they were of no danger. Leave it to my kid! The hands started to go back in the water and a stingray swam up to the side and stayed put long enough for Colin to put his arm in and gingerly touch the mushy Crocodile Hunter killing species. Success! (and many condolences to Steve Erwin's family)
We then ventured onward to see the penguins and sharks which were very cool. All the kids kept referring to the penguins as Happy Feet.