The INSIDER Summary:
• A “Bachelor” contestant showed up in a costume.
• She said it was a dolphin costume.
• It’s actually a shark costume.
• You can tell because there are gills.
There were a lot of memorable women on “The Bachelor” premiere who did everything from show up on a camel to bring famous wedding jeweller Niall Lane to meet Nick Viall.
But there was one contestant who stood out above the rest — Alexis, the aspiring dolphin trainer who showed up in a shark costume.
“I dolphin-ately can’t wait to talk to you more inside,” Alexis told Viall after getting out of the limo. In her intro compilation, she told the producers that she wanted to train dolphins and that they were her favourite animal.
“I know that Nick would love dolphins,” she told producers. “Maybe we could train dolphins together. You never know.”
But many of the women immediately noticed something was up with dolphin-obsessed Alexis’s costume — namely that it wasn’t a dolphin costume at all, but a shark costume.
“There is a debate whether she is a shark or a dolphin,” Rachel said in a one-on-one interview. “We don’t know and I’m not sure if she does either.”
“She’s in a shark costume, but she’s a dolphin,” Raven said disbelievingly.
Alexis herself claimed it was a dolphin costume, even getting into a mini argument with Viall who kept insisting it was a shark.
And Viall was right — this is definitely a shark costume.
First of all, when INSIDER went looking for the costume, we found multiple versions, all under the classification “shark costume.” Whether it was Amazon or eBay, these blue costumes were all described as “sharks.”
Meanwhile, this is what you get when you search for “dolphin costume.”
But secondly and more importantly, the biology of the costume suggests this has to be a shark. As you can see, Alexis’s costume has gills.
Dolphins don’t have gills since they’re not fish, but mammals. They use a blow hole that’s connected to their lungs to breath and hold their breath under water.
Meanwhile, sharks do have gills which filter oxygen from the water. They lie in a row behind the head, just like they do on the costume.
So, mystery solved. Alexis, the self-proclaimed dolphin lover, is wearing a shark costume. But hey, at least she didn’t show up in red like 12 other women in the house.
“I was going to wear a red dress, too,” she said. “Thank god I didn’t.”
At least she gets to stay another week. Never change, Alexis!
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