Sharks Make Annual Move To Library Lawn

By: Tim Wood

Artist Pati DuVall has her arms full of sharks as she helps move them from Kate Gould Park to the Eldredge Library. TIM WOOD PHOTO

CHATHAM – In what has become a tradition on the Wednesday before July 4, members of the Chatham Merchants Association, artists and supporters last week helped relocate the Sharks in the Park exhibit from Kate Gould Park to the front lawn of the Eldredge Public Library.

Along with the 50-plus sharks, the move also included the video monitoring equipment that has thus far recorded the theft or attempted theft of two of this year's sharks. One was immediately returned but the other was removed and later found near Cockle Cove Road. Police continue to investigate that theft.

Organizer Janice Rogers reports that signs advertising the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy's Sharktivity smartphone app as well as shark safety tips issued by authorities are also installed at the library. There are also guests books that viewers can sign and provide feedback about the exhibit.

The sharks will remain on display through Aug. 18. That's the same day an online auction of the sharks ends. Folks can place their bids at sharksinthepark.net. Half of the winning bid for each shark goes to the artists; the rest of the proceeds help fund the merchants association's various activities throughout the year as well as a scholarship.

As of this week, the highest bid was $900 for A Great Yarn's shark, created by Pati DuVall.