I have a little good new, a little bad news, and some down right ugliness.
The good news….we have a new baby shark. Meet little Taquito.He was born last week and is already eating and doing just swimingly.
The bad news….he doesn’t have a big brother.Which leads to the ugly….my ugly cry.
Apparently, while I was in Atlanta for Haven, Fajita had an accident. Tim said he walked downstairs and found him lying on the bottom, with a gash on his head. This makes me so sad, because I know Tim tried everything to bring him back. For goodness sake, that shark has been eating out of his hand for almost a year. I can’t even imagine the sadness he felt and I wish I would have been there for him.
He didn’t want to upset me while I was on vacation, so he kept it all inside. Then he didn’t want to tell me while we were looking at wedding venues because he knew how sad it would make me. So about a week after it all went down, I got the news. Ugly cry ensued. It may seem silly to you, but we hatched him from an egg. Watched him grow, and dreamed of building him a shark paradise. Instead he found a home in our backyard, with the prettiest flowers we have. Which are now growing beautifully.
Ever since we got to watch a little egg grow into a little Fajita, we have had a little weak spot. A weak spot that needs filled with a gaggle of baby sharks.
So when we roll up into our favorite fish store to find the teeniest of teeny sharks our weak spot started pounding and squealing. Okay, the squeals may have come from yours truly. I have no excuses, I was excited.
If you didn’t catch the hint at our newest addition on our Facebook page, we are now giving formal introductions.
Meet our new baby shark, also know as pride and joy.
The smallest I have ever seen. About the size of a little paperclip, but squirmy. Tim says his eyes are just beginning to form, and I say he looks translucent.
After letting him “drip” for about an hour, we introduced him to home.
Watch for little Fajita at the end, he looks thrilled.
You know what this means right, our “shark tank” that is in the works just took a turn into “shark habitat”. Tim has dreams of tanks he can swim in, and I have dreams of baby rays. This is becoming a sickness, someone send a shrink.
Probably because I fix him up a big shrimp cocktail every other night.
Christina always says it looks like I am giving the shrimp a dip in a hot tub, to bad I follow it up with slicing the shrimp in pieces. Loses the relaxing vibe, eh?I finally have Fajita eating straight from my hands, which will come in handy once he is over three feet. I still usually use an extension rod to feed him, since I am quite partial to my fingers.
In fact, at the beginning, he got a little rowdy and took a nip at me.
Please disregard our awesome basement complete with lots of 2×4’s and little boy racecar curtains.
See how our shrimp is hitching a ride on the shark?Bet ya didn’t know he is actually picking his brethren out of Fajita’s gills to get a late night snack. You little cannibal you.
How long do you think before I lose a finger?
Think a shrimp fajita sounds tasty?
Want to buy some racecar curtains?
It’s officially official….
WE ARE SHARK PARENTSAfter a whole lot of waiting our baby shark decided to surprise us this weekend.
We literally bounced off walls.
Don’t ask about the name, it just kind of fit.
Very “apple-esque” don’t cha think.
Fajita is about the size of our hand, he’s teeny tiny.
I wish I could pick him up and snuggle.How could you not love that face.
Now comes the really hard part.
We have to get him to eat.
We have heard it can take up to two weeks to get them to start munching. We are already trying, and in our heads he is already picking up that it is food. But doesn’t everyone think that their little one is ahead of the game.
When you say your prayers tonight, throw in little Fajita.
He’ll thank you later.
We have already decided that if we DO get him eating, then a bigger tank is in order. Obviously I have already begun planning.
No way can we let this little munchkin go until he is at least four feet.He has already made friends with the little shrimp. If only that shrimp knew that in a couple months Fajita will want him for dinner.
Mama’s so proud.
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But you can see that he is quickly outgrowing his mancave.Which means….baby shark should be making an appearance soon.We have read that shortly before hatching you can find a hole in the egg where the shark has rubbed it’s nose. No hole yet, but we have our eyes glued to this egg.
The next part will be the hardest. It is very difficult to get them to start eating, which we have heard can take up to two weeks. Obviously this is the time for constant monitoring, I may just quit my job so I can shark-sit. Oh that’s not okay? Shoot. Well, I will be a ball of nerves I am sure.
And even with all the fish catastrophes we have had after I blog about them, I think baby shark will be an exception. Lots of photo shoots in this guy’s future.