Ugly. A descriptive title.
I was sitting at the bar at Roostica having dinner last night. The buzz centered around one thing. The shark caught off Stock Island earlier in the day. A goblin shark.
The shark was 18 feet long. Appeared to have a double head. Not really, however. It has a long snout. Underneath and hidden, a jaw that comes out like a second head. The jaw comes out when prey is about to be caught. Big teeth and all.
I say ugly because I saw a picture of the goblin shark caught. Nothing you would want to cuddle up to.
The story of its capture is most interesting. A shrimp boat caught it. Shrimp boats fish daily off Stock Island.
The shrimp boat had its nets down 2,000 feet scooping up shrimp. The net was heavy coming up. There it was! This 18 footer! No one knew what it was at the time. It was still alive. All the shrimp fishers knew was they wanted the thing off their boat!
One of the fisherman took his cell phone out and recorded the event. That is how a definite identification was made.
The fish is actually pink in color. Down 2,000 feet, it takes on a black hue.
Before the shrimp fisherman today, it is estimated there are only 10 people alive who have ever seen a goblin shark.
The goblin shark has been described as a living fossil. It is prehistoric looking. Especially its wicked teeth.
The fisherman who took the pictures is to be complimented.
The other fisherman threw the goblin shark overboard. They hoisted it up and dumped it back into the ocean. They were not going to screw around with the ugly 18 footer!
I babysat yesterday afternoon. Robert, Ally and I did Burger Fi again. They loved the cheeseburgers the last time and wanted to return.
Some things are too difficult for me at 78. Don’t laugh. These machines where you fill your glass with ice and then your soda selection confuse me. I could not figure out the ice nor could I get diet Coke. I kept coming up with an orange drink. I told Ally, you do it for me!
After lunch, we stopped at Joy Gallery. Jim and Theresa Wallace there. Nice people. I am glad to have made their acquaintance.
Robert and Ally could not understand what I was talking about as we headed to the Gallery. They could not put together that my Barons were now hanging in a different place. When they saw them, they understood. They kept pointing out which had hung where in my home.
Crystal Marie is an avid fan of this blog. She was in Key West yesterday to be married. Two in the afternoon at Smathers Beach. She invited me via e mail yesterday morning to stop by if I could. I could not because of the babysitting. Crystal Marie, many congratulations! Next year when you return to celebrate your first anniversary, we will get together.
Tonight, Montessori! Robert and Ally’s school. There is an open house at 5.
Robert and four other classmates designed and built a 9 hole miniature golf course. Even goes upstairs, Robert says! You have to putt the ball uphill from the first to second floor.
Don is coming with me. He is interested, as I am, in the type of job the kids did. Don’s Second Annual Miniature Golf Tournament will take place next year. Don says if the kids did a good job, he might hire them. For real!
Enjoy your day!