Everyone Should Have a Walrus as a Friend

Last year, I was lucky enough to be one of a few Midwest-based writers to be a part of the White River State Park media tour … we spent three full days in downtown Indianapolis and visited some amazing places (which I’ll dive into in other posts) one of which was the Indianapolis Zoo

The Indianapolis Zoo is one of the largest privately funded (meaning neither the city nor state provide operating funds) zoos in the country. And not only is it impeccably maintained, but it’s home to plain animals, desert animals, arctic animals, jungle animals … and of course, sea animals. My favorite are the puffins … I have a thing for both puffins and penguins … maybe it’s their wardrobe choice? I mean what’s not to love about black and white? BUT. It was Aurora a young female walrus weighing close to 700 pounds that stole my attention for the afternoon.

Aurora's painting

IMG_3158Did you know walruses are smart? Yea, like really smart … not as smart as mermaids, but smart all the same. And she painted a picture for me … which I now keep on my writing desk … just a little bit of the sea, for me to see, everyday. 

BTW, if you ever get an opportunity to come face-to-face with a walrus, one thing to keep in mind: never get between them and the water. They are a fight or flight animal and when they get spooked they head right for their comfort zone, water. And trust The Midwest Mermaid when I say you do not want to get in the way of a walrus when it decides to head for the water 😉 Of course you don’t want to fight one either … just something to think about.

So what about you? Do you have a favorite sea animal?

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Hey there. I’m Shauna—a West Coast transplant in the landlocked state of Indiana … when I moved here I missed the beaches, the mountains, the desert, the rivers … and it took me a while to find places nearby that paralleled my old stomping grounds. BUT. Now that I’ve lived here for over 15 years, I’ve had time to explore the region and you know what? It’s amazing. There’s so much to do—from skiing in northern Michigan to relaxing lakeside in southern Kentucky to rocking the nightlife in one of the many metropolitan areas. And I love it here. I really do. BUT. I do miss the sea … and the sand and the rush of the waves … the smell of seawater … even the sting of too much sun after a day spent lollygagging at the beach. And I miss the constant supply of seafood and shellfish and riverfish? About that … since I’ve moved to the Midwest I’ve noticed that a lot of people here don’t consider fish that come from the river seafood … I’m not sure I agree, but hence the new word I’ve created, “riverfish” … time will tell if Webster picks it up ; ) So my blog, Seafood is The New Black, is my way of bringing a little bit of sea life (or is it sealife?) to the Midwest. And over on Seafood in the Circle City, you can read up on my favorite Indianapolis restaurants that serve seafood, and serve it well. As you read along, you’ll find all kinds of information … some that you might find more useful than others—and some, you might just find amusing … or not. Either way, and if nothing else, I hope you leave my little space here on the world wide web a little refreshed and maybe even a little inspired to bring a little bit of the ocean home with you. (Yes, I did use the word “little” four times in one sentence … it’s OK … mermaids like to repeat themselves.) Cheers! The Midwest Mermaid Oh, and if your curious, yes, I do actually write for a living … if you want to know about the organizations I work with and the publications where you can find my land legs, swim on over to the “Portfolio” tab … and thanks for visiting.

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