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December 06, 2007

I'm going to see a Great White Shark

A dream is going to come true. I will come face to face with a Great White Shark. Ever since I saw Jaws (and I was way too young when I saw it!), I've had a love fear adoration relationship with these fantastic beasts. Every time I went to the Baltimore Aquarium I would run to the shark area. I still remember the day I realized... sadly... that none of these sharks I was seeing were much more dangerous than a rainbow trout. I wanted a thrill.

Then I was told that a Great White Shark could never even BE in an aquarium. Oh, no, now this was the worst. So I've always thought about chartering a boat or taking one of those photographic trips where they put you in shark cages.

But now I find out... It was a lie. One aquarium in California DOES, on occassion keep a Great White Shark in captivity! They have one now, in fact. And we're going next week.

Posted by jason on December 6, 2007 10:46 PM

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that's so awesome.

Posted by: paul on December 6, 2007 11:29 PM

I told you that based on shark week nobody has been able to keep one in captivity for more than a year because they die. Researchers don't seem to know why either. But Monterey Aquarium is where they did the feature story. Monterey is a great town, you will love the trip. And since the longest they have kept it is 6.5 months, it is great that you get to see it. I guess I will just have to head to South Africa for my own, more personal, encounter!

Posted by: joe on December 7, 2007 07:57 AM

very cool but a little disappointing that its just a juvenile...i would love to see a 20 footer!

Posted by: Anonymous on December 7, 2007 10:20 AM

he is so small....
like a kitten....
he prolly cant even bite...

Posted by: joshua Latshaw on December 8, 2007 01:27 PM

he's almost 6 feet long now! big enough to take a leg.

Posted by: jason on December 8, 2007 06:46 PM

not yours I hope!

Posted by: Anonymous on December 8, 2007 10:58 PM

This is so cool. He does the whole trained shark routine, like the Dolphins at the Aquarium in Baltimore, right?

Posted by: Chris on December 8, 2007 11:11 PM

Yes. I'm planning on riding on his back.

Posted by: jason on December 9, 2007 10:43 PM

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