The first time I got to touch a shark was fantastic. The skin velvet-sleek. Like a perfect glove that would protect me from everything. One of the movies that scared the bejesus out of me was Open Water. Like, so scared that I was pissed off. Furious at the movie. Jaws didn’t scare me though, not so much. I think it because I always knew that the shark wasn’t real.I’ve written about sharks before. Fiction, of course. A poem about sharks, that’s what today’s submission asks for. That’s something entirely different. Can I do it? Can you?
EXPRESS YOUR FEELINGS ABOUT SHARKS AND RAYS IN OUR SHARK SUMMER POETRY CONTEST AND YOU MIGHT HAVE YOUR POEM POSTED AND PUBLISHED!
Shark Poetry Contest: Aquarium of the Pacific
The winner will have his or her poem posted on the Aquarium’s website and published in the Aquarium’s exclusive magazine Pacific Currents, along with passes to the Aquarium and a behind the scenes tour for four people. Entries will be accepted online or via mail through July 31, 2009. Poems must be no longer than 200 words. You must be 16 years old to enter. Only one entry per person.
All entries must be received by July 30, 2009. Upload your poem at
or mail to:
Shark Poetry Contest
Aquarium of the Pacific
320 Golden Shore, Suite 150
Long Beach, CA 90808
Please make sure to include all your contact information (name, email, phone, mailing address) in the actual document as well.
“I’ll catch this bird for you, but it ain’t gonna be easy. Bad fish. Not like going down the pond chasin’ bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow you whole. Little shakin’, little tenderizin’, an’ down you go.” ~Quint, from “Jaws”