Aquarium Shares Hilarious String of Drunk Texts From Recent Visitor

There are worse people than an aquarium to contact when drunk.

On Monday, the South Carolina Aquarium tweeted screenshots of a hilarious and educational text exchange that occurred after one recent visitor drunkenly texted the aquarium's "Text an Educator" number.

When someone drunk texts the “Ask an Aquarium Educator” number... #chsnews

— South Carolina Aquarium (@SCaquarium) May 24, 2021

"The 'Text an Educator' number is available to any general admission guest or South Carolina Aquarium member who visits," Brent Duncan, Senior Manager of Advertising and Community Engagement for the aquarium told Newsweek. "We typically receive questions posed by first-time visitors who might not be as familiar with the South Carolina Aquarium and our exhibits. For example, guests have sent us photos of something they have found at the beach and will ask for our help in identifying the animal or object."

Educators on staff at the aquarium are responsible for answering questions sent to the number, which receives about 10 messages per day. They said this was the first time the number received drunk texts.

"Our team thought it was hilarious," said Duncan. "We thoroughly enjoyed reading the questions raised and – admittedly – many of us enjoyed a good laugh.

"Actually, the questions raised were very thoughtful and, as you can tell from this person's reply the following morning, the humor was shared by both the drunk texter and our educator who replied," Duncan continued.

The drunk texter wanted to know, "when was the area first settled," and "why should I only eat oysters in months that contain the letter R," among other things. The texts were sent between 10:30 p.m. and just after midnight.

The next morning, the educator thoughtfully responded to the drunk texter's various questions. They shared a brief history of the area and explained that the oyster rule "comes from the fact that bacteria that is harmful to humans is more likely to be present in warmer seasons that do not end with an R."

After the educator sent the responses, the two exchanged jokes.

"Thank you so much for all your answers," the aquarium-goer said. "My wife should be happy I drunk text aquariums and not other women."

The educator responded in jest: "Of course! Thank you for all your fun questions! Your wife is a turtle-y lucky lady."

Duncan told Newsweek that the number was initially established to stay connected with guests through coronavirus protocols. No one could have predicted that the number would lead to such an interesting exchange.

"We were impressed by the lack of typos and the eagerness to learn about marine life ... even after multiple adult beverages," Duncan said.

Cheers to the constant pursuit of knowledge!

Visitor takes photo at aquarium
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