Using his lifelong love and observation of nature in California and around the world, Casey Parlette uses wood, metal and stone to carve incredibly life-like replicas of the natural world. You’ve got to check out his website to see more of his work. He shared some of his shark experiences with us.
Q:What’s the biggest shark you’ve ever caught?
A:I caught a mako shark that was around 130-pounds. It was wild and squirrelly.
Q:What’s the biggest you’ve seen?
A:I swam with a roughly thirty-foot whale shark. It was a great experience.
Q:Where have you seen the most sharks?
A:I was diving in Laguna Beach, CA, and swam through what seemed like hundreds of leopard sharks congregating at one particular beach.
Q:Have you ever been bitten?
A:So far so good. No bites.
Q:What species would you call your favorite?
A:It’s hard to have a favorite. They are so varied and incredible.
Q:What is your least favorite shark?
A:I don’t dislike any sharks.
Q:Please tell the story of your most memorable shark encounter?
A:I came across a dead whale about nine miles off Dana Point, CA. There were two very large great white sharks that would come in and take bites out of the whale. They were gorged and moving lazily about but every bite would take a two-foot chunk of meat off the carcass.
Q:How do sharks inspire your work?
A:Sharks have always fascinated me. There are many different forms but they all have a commanding presence. Sculpturally, capturing movement is one of my primary objectives and that is especially important when sculpting sharks. Sharks have an unmistakable way of swimming that is very different from other fish. Incorporating that movement into the piece helps to capture the grace and power that sharks embody.
Photo Credit: Casey Parlette