Thursday, September 15, 2011

Granma - ageing gracefully!

Timbo is in town for a quick stop-over on the way to Tonga.
He has just sent me a selection of today's crop, among which this lovely portrait of our unequaled Granma.

She is without a doubt my favorite Bull Shark.
She is absolutely huge, probably very old and carries a whole array of battle scars that make her look quite intimidating to anybody meeting her for the first time.

In fact, she's the sweetest Shark around.
Different Sharks have a bond to different feeders, and this is clearly one of Rusi's special friends.

Granma in 2005, enormous and assertive - EPIC pic by MPO!

She and I have first met in 2003, after which she has remained an infrequent but regular visitor and during those years, I've witnessed several pregnancies and the gradual aging process taking its toll on her vitality, to the point where nowadays, she has become quite slow and circumspect - but she remains very very friendly and really, quite endearing!
Over the years, she has gradually developed a growth around her right eye that has progressively restricted her vision. We believe that today, that eye is completely blind, and she is thus the only Bull that is allowed to approach the feeder from the right.

2011- probably blind. Please click for detail

Anyway, I just wanted to tell you about our Grand Old Lady.
May she be with us for many more years to come!

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