If you are ok with having a table surface with animal parts popping through it and have about $5,000 to burn check out these “Water Tables” by Derek Pearce. They are designed to look like the glass table surface is the water and that the animals are just starting to break the surface.
The Water Tables are available with different animals including hippos, seals, dolphins, ducks, otters and frogs. Not cheap, but very cool and quite the conversation piece. More pictures after the break.