We took the younger kids to see Madagascar 2 the other day and our youngest, Noah aged 7, loved the bit at the end where the shark came out of the ocean, gave chase snapping its teeth and ultimately fell into a live volcano. When we heard about today’s opportunity to see a dissection of a great white shark at the Auckland museum we decided to go see.
It was really hot and packed with people and standing room only; although our three eldest caved and went inside to the air-conditioned, seated, auditorium with live video feed, Noah persevered and we eventually managed to get a good spot up the front on the bench seats.
To say there was a bit of a media presence was an understatement; anyone would have thought the star attraction was a celebrity or a major politician not a shark.
This photo only shows the first ring of cameras around the shark and does not show the ones on the hill or the ones standing around us taking the same shot.
We were nabbed by TV1 who interviewed Madeleine as to why we were there [to see the shark perhaps…] though Madeleine came up with something cleverer than that, and what Noah thought might be in the shark’s stomach; Noah’s answer of “a bicycle and maybe a can” left the reporter looking perplexed so the footage may get scrapped, nevertheless – Noah insists TV1’s news tonight is compulsory viewing.
There is a chance Noah might make it to air as we heard the same reporter interviewing one of the museum people and heard him ask about sharks eating bicycles and whether people expecting that were likely to be disappointed. On dissection, it turned out the shark had been eating fish (fresh, not out of a can and had not recently encountered any bicycles – Noah was most disappointed) thought it did have a snapper hook in its stomach which saw Noah standing on his seat; at least one fisherman out there is not telling tall tales when he speaks of the one that got away.
We queued in the heat and managed to get up close and personal with the shark. Here is Noah taking it all in.
You can watch the whole event online here.
UPDATE: Noah made the news but he was not happy about how the reporter reacted on air to his comment about the bicycle and we have already had phone calls and emails about his “imagination.” So in defence of Noah, who formed his list of what might be inside the shark using google and books prior to attending the necropsy today, here are links to two sites that vindicate him:
“Almost everything has been found in the stomach of bull sharks, from bicycle tires to human remains.”