Thursday, October 31, 2019


Sharks have everything a scientist dreams of. They're beautiful―God, how beautiful they are! They're like an impossibly perfect piece of machinery. They're as graceful as any bird. They're as mysterious as any animal on earth.
~Peter Benchley, Jaws

I'm not much of a baseball watcher, but I have been keeping up with the Washington Nationals' post-season. (My parents are much better baseball fans than I am and have a home run ball my mom caught at a Nats game on their mantle.) I'm making this post on Wednesday morning so I don't know yet who won the last game of the World Series...I wondered about making an alternate post in case they lose, but sharks seem kind of appropriate for Halloween either way, right? Humor me, guys. For Art Thursday, sharks (baby and otherwise):

Mako Shark
photo by Ed Dunens

photo by Xingtao Qian

Beast of Prey
by Jaroslav Chramosta
photo by Jitka Erbenová

photo by Rachel M. Fry

Villabé, Essonne, France
photo by poudou99

Natural History book from 1657
printed by Jacob Schipper
Biodiversity Heritage Library

Updated to add: YAY!


Pop said...

The Nationals won! Amazing story behind their year, too.

And these images are really cool. The Benchley quote really describes sharks nicely. They are, as someone else said, nature's perfect killing machine...but once you look past the menace, you can see a beautiful animal (and a great subject for B movies, a la Sharknado :-).

Pop said...

Oh, and the National Symphony Orchestra players performing "Baby Shark" is awesome!

Robyn Hood Black said...

Love this shark-y post! I don't watch much baseball, but I did tune in last night, and it was exciting! (The symphony folks doing "Baby Shark" is hilarious...!)