Jason Bateman and Lily the dolphin
Courtesy Georgia Aquarium and Sharpshooter Imaging
06/19/2012 at 12:00 PM EDT
Jason Bateman has Melissa McCarthy to thank for his new (flippered) friend!
Bateman's costar in the upcoming comedy Identity Theft
, currently in production in Atlanta, Ga., suggested that the actor take a trip to the Georgia Aquarium
after she had a fun-filled visit there with her family in May.
On June 8, Bateman and his family spent two hours at the world's largest aquarium, where he and his 5-year-old daughter, Francesca, enjoyed a face-to-flipper meeting with Lily the bottlenose dolphin.
The Batemans fed Lily some fish, and on a special behind-the-scenes tour of a coral reef exhibit, they got up close and personal with whale sharks, manta rays, and belugas, too.
We can hear Melissa McCarthy saying, "You're welcome!"