Fish Beats Lockdown Boredom By Binge-Watching RuPaul's Drag Race
The Queensland grouper fish has worked through more than 150 episodes of the hit show, which is pretty bloody impressive, even by my binge watching standards.
The grouper, whose sex isn't known, is usually a fairly curious fish and enjoys interacting with visitors, but due to lockdown, Queen Gary hasn't been able to mingle with the public like usual.
Groupers can grow up to six-foot in length and are thought to be very intelligent. An aquarium worker decided to put up a screen for Queen Gary after spotting that they seemed a bit down in the dumps and started to linger in the middle of the tank.
Senior aquarist Joe Williams said: "Gary is normally a very curious fish that interacts frequently with guests and staff members alike. But with lockdown this was taken away.
"We care deeply about every single animal we have and always strive to find ways that we can deliver care, so I set up the TV screen to keep Gary entertained while visitors aren't able to come to the centre.
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"Initially, I was surprised that Gary loved RuPaul's Drag Race as much as I do, but it's colourful, has a lot of movement and includes real people, so it makes perfect sense!
"I'm not 100 percent sure which queen is Gary's favourite but he always watches when Mama Ru is on the screen."
As well as smashing through RuPaul's Drag Race, Queen Gary has recently been watching Tiger King and, much like the rest of us, is hooked on the bizarre tale.
The aquarium will be reopened on Saturday but Joe has said the staff will be keeping a close on eye on Queen Gary and will start streaming again if the fish 'shows any signs of despondency'.
The aquarium has also put a larger TV screen to keep the other fish interested and ensure they don't feel too lonely while they're not receiving visitors.
Until it reopens, fish-fans can keep up to date with the regular Facebook livestream Joe and the team share on Facebook, which you can check out here.
Featured Image Credit: Sea Life Brighton
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