The most dangerous, conniving, ruthless shark of them all isn’t a great white or a hammerhead… it’s a watermelon shark!
They’re rarely seen most of the year, but during the summer, they might show up at your picnic or pool party and devour all the fruit in sight.
I made this watermelon shark on Friday night, and I took a ton of pictures. You can also watch videos on YouTube. There’s a whole bunch, but I just watched a shorter one earlier in the week, got the gist, and then figured it out as I went along.
And yes, you read that right: this is how I spent my Friday night.
I started with a 15-pound watermelon. (It cost me $7).
Since I knew how much it weighed, I started by doing some military presses with it.
Then I got to work. I sliced off the bottom, so it would sit flat, and at an angle fitting for a shark.
Then I cut out a wedge, for his mouth.
I peeled some of the green rind off around the edge, so the teeth would be a different color than the skin.
I scooped out all the flesh from inside the melon – as much as possible.
Everything that got scooped out went into a bowl that I would later use to make fruit salad.
Then I carefully cut the teeth…
…and dug out some eye sockets. His eyeballs are grapes, which I secured into place with toothpicks.
Creating the fin was the hardest part. I wanted the fin to be green from both sides, so I cut mirror-image fin shapes out of the bottom part that I sliced off, trimmed them up so they matched, and cut a big notch into the back of the shark for them to fit into.
I ultimately had to use twine to tie it together in a couple places…
…and the underside has toothpicks helping everything stay put.
Figuring out the fin was the hardest part, but I was stoked with how well it came out. I was also stoked because he fit perfectly in my 13″ x 9″ glass pan.
Final step was to make a fruit salad. I only used red fruits (watermelon, grapes, strawberries, raspberries), so it looked nice and bloody. Most of it fit in his mouth, but the rest went into the pan.
TA-DA! Watermelon shark!
He was a big hit.
And his fruit offerings were delicious.
Keep it up, David!