Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Wolf in Love - with two Old Ladies....


Photos: Felix Leander


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Who says old men only look at young chicks?

In South Africa I have lost my heart to two dignified old ladies: Maxi, a greying Dane, and Ella, a most gentle and serene female Tiger shark, some 4 to 4,5 m long.

I am back in Bolivia, and I miss these lovable creatures achingly - and you can take that literally...

I very much hope to be able to be with them again next year. Maxi is 11 years old, and Ella, well, I just don't know how many years she has been roaming the oceans, nobody does.

Maxi could die of old age anytime, whereas Ella runs the risk of being fished and killed by ruthless local fishermen who hate sharks, or she could end her life in the gill nets of the Natal Sharks Board...

When I boarded the plane in Durban I thought about Maxi and Ella, sadly.

As the French say: "
Partir c'est mourir un peu" (= You die a little bit when you leave).




5 comments:

Felix Leander said...

Gotta love the South African ladies.

The Sharkman said...

I too left my heart in SA back in 2002. A Great White named Lindy has it.

Pentad said...

That shark image is just so cool! Such fantastic interaction. How lucky you are to experience these things.

Ila France Porcher said...

Beautiful beautiful images, from a true Guardian Angel of Sharks --such people are never old.

Ila

Georgia said...

The Tigers must be missing their cuddles and kisses.. and maxi too.. and the lady from the barn dance..