Mayor Bloomberg Gets Smooched by Osborne the Sea Lion
Hizzoner made a surprise appearance at the aquarium’s sea mammal show after a press conference announcing plans for a massive new shark tank, and got some love from Osborne, one of the aquarium's biggest stars.
The “Sea Lion Celebration at the Aquatheater” had just begun when a trainer announced the show had a special guest, Mayor Bloomberg — who was welcomed with a mix of cheers and boos.
The mayor then walked out onto the pool area stage and Osborne swam up and greeted him, before giving him a wet one, and then performing a back flip, a spokeswoman for his office said.
The mayor then waved and the sea lion waved, before the mayor made his exit, without saying a word.
The spokeswoman could not immediately confirm whether it was Bloomberg's first marine mammal kiss, but said the encounter left him smiling — better than at least one previous encounter with a whiskered critter.
Bloomberg, of course, has a strained relationship with Staten Island Chuck, the temperamental groundhog who took a chunk out of his finger back on Groundhog Day in 2009.
Osborne the sea lion performs alongside his friends, Duke, Nav, and Diego, according to the aquarium’s website.
He is a star on YouTube, with numerous videos showing off his wicked dance moves, including a signature tail shake that would make Beyonce jealous.