Originally Posted by LakeSuperior
A British aquarium claims to have the world’s first vegetarian shark.
Either that or they’re playing a really good prank on Nigel the tank cleaner.
Apropos of shark tanks
, my sister, in her misspent youth, worked for Sydney
Aquarium, initially and primarily as a seal handler, but she also got to feed the sharks in the main tank - by hand.
Needless to say, she always got respect when asked at parties what she did for a living.
Not everyone can answer: "I hand feed sharks!"
Anyway, the main walkway through the shark tank is a glass/acrylic tube, the top of which is only 4ft underwater, so she and her colleagues would often stand there for a natter - as you do, in the middle of the shark tank - and then play tricks on school kids
if they saw a group walking through the tube...
They'd mask up and drop down the curved outside of the tube and wave at the kids
who, almost invariably, hadn't seen them coming, and were looking for and expecting to see sharks....
Apparently management received complaints, and my sister's pink wetsuit was a bit of a giveaway....
To answer the inevitable question, they used stainless steel
mesh gloves, to the elbow
, and a lead-weighted, lidded box full of small fish
or large pieces of fish
. Hand in, grab fish, hand out and wave above head
, as shark zooms in, let of go of fish, retain hand.
Apparently the first time is the worst, but eventually you get the hang of it, or get an ambulance....
[That last bit is a joke...never happened, she swears!!]
The largest shark was a 12ft bull shark, renowned for their aggression.
Moral of the tale is: if you're in an aquarium, looking into the tank, be sure to look up, above your head
- you never know what's swimming about...