The crowd of onlookers grew by the minute and it was only a matter of minutes before the Great White Shark made her first appearance to the Pacific Northwest in more than five years. Some were convinced that she had died long ago but they had shown up anyway – in the faint hope that maybe a miracle would prove them wrong.
She was first spotted and tagged on the shores of the Bedford Basin by an avid fisherman by the name of Garth Smith. He and his wife Donna spent many months caring for this beautiful creature – but alas, all good things must come to an end. I was with them on the day they said their goodbyes – but of course, the great beast had no way of knowing why it’s caregivers were leaving her. I’m not sure but I think I saw a tear in one of its eyes.
Now some might think it strange that a man could not only befriend a Great White Shark – let alone keep it in captivity – but I not only witnessed this myself – I actually adopted her.
But now I too, had to face the fact that I could no longer care for this great and faithful friend. She was almost 25 years old and the poor thing was finding it difficult to function.
I wish that I could say that she had a long life and it was now time to let her go but she was like family to me and I couldn’t be brave (or cruel) enough to say goodbye.
And although it’s been five years since I last had her on the road, I have put a new battery, alternator and several other parts and she is looking almost as good as the day I bought her from my good friend Garth.
She’s going to the Day Spa tomorrow for a complete interior & exterior cleaning.
On January 1st, I’ll be getting the special Collector license plates for her.
Oh, and the crowd I mentioned earlier? They’re lining both sides of my imagination and screaming ‘BRAVO!’
Dedicated to Garth & Donna Smith – Best Friends Forever!
And here are some photos that I took of her today…
Long May You Run Sweetheart, Long May You Run!!!!
Update: Sad to say that I sold the Shark in December 2014 – but she went to a good home in the Valley.