The Dell – By Thomas H Russell

 It was the summer of 1963.  The Dell was the most popular beach.  You could walk for miles and the water was only up to your ankles.  Tom and Jim always explored The Dell.  They were best friends.  Tom and Jim found green glass bottles in the sand.  The boys thought the green glass bottles were like treasure as they were from the mineral springs and spas that were in Clifton Springs in the 1800s.  The springs offered crystal clear waters which were believed to have healing powers.  Sometimes they found golf balls from the golf course nearby where people would hit the balls so far and high it goes over the fence and lands a mile away on the shore.

 One day Jim decided to investigate the remains of the broken old pier.  This was known as Steamship Jetty where boats called Kangaroo andJaffadid steam excursions fromGeelong.  Jim went out into the sea for a look at the pier. As he got out to the last post he saw a weird looking hole.  As he went over to have a closer look, there was a strange gust of wind.  He lost his balance and fell into the hole.  The water had gotten very deep by now.  This was a bad decision – he felt like he was drowning.  When Jim had clambered back to the surface he saw a little jagged rock floating in the water.  Although he thought it was a rock, it was actually the finn of a GREAT WHITE SHARK!  The great white jumped out of the water.  It had giant gaping jaws.  Jim ducked and just escaped being attacked by the skin of his teeth.  The shark had missed Jim but his jaws clamped onto that last post of the pier.  The shark fell back and hit the sea bed hard.  It’s tooth was still stuck in the post!  Jim plucked out the tooth and took it back to shore, but before leaving he said bye to the shark and smiled at it.  The shark looked like it was crying.

 Jim went back to Tom.  The friends gazed at the toothy treasure that Jim had collected.  It was AMAZING!  It was shimmering white.  The boys went home to record their amazing adventures.  This was one of the top adventures.  Then they added the tooth to the collection of treasures.  They had bones, talons, feathers, special gold shells and now a prized shark tooth.