One day in the Spring of 2006, my neighbor Esther came running down to my house to show me the pictures she had just taken on North Beach. Actually it was on the beach across from the Hotel Posada del Mar. Looking at the pictures, for me, was like watching a car wreck, complete with dead bodies. Gruesome but fascinating.
This is what she had seen.
It's a 10' Mako shark which had been caught in some fishermen's net. About 100 yards out from the Hotel Avalon on North Beach. Waaaaaay to close to the swimming beach for anybody's taste.
It was still alive when the fishermen pulled up their nets. But just barely. They clubbed it to death and brought it in.
After a few photos were taken, it took a matter of minutes to cut it up into pieces for sale and to get rid of the evidence before tourists could see it and freak out. It evidently was almost a bidder's war to get the jaws.
Before I moved here, there used to be a lot of sharks in the waters all along the stretch in front of my house. The slaughterhouse which is practically next door to me used to dump the slaughter leftovers directly into the ocean. Thus attracting these critters. That practice stopped long ago and I have never heard of a shark in the waters around here.
But they do exist.
I couldn't resist bringing my nightmare to life. Thanks to my friend Roger for photoshopping this for me. I think he did a great job.