Just off the coast, in the shallow part of the sea
There was a small little reef, cute as can be.
All day and all night, the fish swam to and fro,
Until they saw Bruno, and away they’d go.
“Hello, I’m Bruno,” is all that he’d say
Before all the fish frantically swam away
For Bruno was a shark, though still young for his size,
He was grey and blue, with black in his eyes.
But Bruno was lonely, and all that he wanted,
Was a group of friends, with whom he’d be bonded.
He asked all that he met if they’d be his friend
But every time, it would have the same end
Since he’s a shark, the other fish, they were scared,
And being around him was more than they dared.
For they saw his teeth, they were sharper than tacks
And none of them wanted to be his next snack.
So, Bruno would swim alone, up and down every day
Along with the waves, this way, and that way
Then one day, while Bruno swam with the tide
A little remora appeared at his side.
The fish swam closer and closer to him
Tiny and silver, and incredibly slim.
“Hello, I’m Bruno,” the shark eagerly tried.
“My name is Freddie,” the remora cried.
“I’ll stick to your belly, and we’ll have all the fun,
I’ll finish your food when you think that you’re done.”
“Could it be? Was it real? Did I get my wish?”
Bruno thought as he stared wide at the fish.
“There’s just one thing, silly it may be,”
Freddie said with a smile. “Just don’t eat me.”
Bruno sighed for a moment, then he smiled too
“I would like to be best friends with you.”
The new friends swam off, playing tag with each other
Happy to have finally found one another.
But, unknown to them, as they swam away
Another group of swimmers was coming to stay
A moray eel, spotted and yellow
A lionfish, a poisonous fellow
A jellyfish, looking ridiculous
And their blue-ringed leader, an octopus
They swam in and looked at the reef
And what they saw there, they could not believe
An entire buffet to them, teeming with food
The leader said, “this place will be good.”
As the new gang swam, they entered the scene
Looking at the new meals, each one too keen
Meanwhile, Bruno and his new friend were playing
Resting in the waves, to and fro they were swaying
They tickled their tummies swimming through the weeds
And tried to race each other, going at faster speeds
They laughed as they played together, but then
Bruno’s stomach rumbled: “I’m hungry again.”
Freddie was wary, but be said with a grin
“I guess it’s time to go back home, then.”
The pair of them swam together, and came to the reef
Where they saw the fishes were far from relief
Bruno swam up to the gang, and asked with a smile,
“Are you guys going to be staying for a while?”
The octopus laughed and the rest followed suit
While the fishes they cornered were looking to scoot
The octopus swam over to Bruno, stretching his arms out
“Get lost, kid,” said the octopus, barely a shout,
“These morsels here are going to be our lunch.
They’re the good kind of fish, the kind we like to munch.”
“But these are my friends,” Bruno said with a strong voice.
The gang laughed, and the octopus said “We got no choice.
We’re bigger than them, and they are our food.
Now scram, sharky, before we get rude.”
“You can’t hurt my friends,” Bruno said, his frown twisted.
“Bruno, maybe we should go,” Freddie insisted.
The octopus spied Freddie and grabbed him with his arms
Bruno screeched “You better do him no harm!”
“What’s going on in your head, kid? Take my advice,
You think they’re your friends? You’d better think twice.
Don’t worry about this prey. To be more precise:
He’ll turn on you when you’re no longer nice.”
Bruno got angry, “Give him back to me.”
The gang laughed and with terrible glee
Raised Freddie to their mouths, ready to eat
But they did not get to feast on their treat.
Bruno slammed into the octopus and bit on his arm
Freddie was free and with great alarm
Swam to safety behind a big rock
And then, he received quite a shock
Bruno the shark, so happy and free
Was biting the others, scaring Freddie
“Stop what you’re doing,” he said with a yelp
Swimming back to his friend, desperate to help.
In all the confusion, Freddie got bit
And Bruno immediately snapped out of it.
“Freddie?!” Bruno screamed, pushing back the gang
Rushing away as Freddie felt a pang
The gang laughed, all beat up and bitten
“I told you,” the octopus yelled. “You’ll never fit in.”
Bruno rushed Freddie away, and hid in an old ship
Regretting that he’d given his friend a nip.
Freddie opened his eyes and thought he was prey
He swam up, looked at Bruno, and then swam away.
“I’m so sorry, Freddie. You know I didn’t mean to.”
Bruno said, feeling incredibly blue.
The shark felt alone, more alone than before
He sunk to the bottom of the ship’s wooden floor
He swam back outside and away from the reef
Miserable and alone, with only his grief.
He did not swim with the tide, he swam only away
Trying to escape the pain of that day
He’d finally found a friend, that’s what he wanted
But now, he’d lost him, all because he’d been taunted
“I’m a shark,” Bruno cried, if he could cry
“I can’t help being that no matter what I try.”
“Don’t be so down, kid,” said the booming voice of a whale
Black with white around the eyes, and a horizontal tail
“A Killer Whale?” Bruno said. “Please don’t kill me, sir.”
“I remember when I was younger, just where you were.”
“These bullies came in and they made me mad.
I hurt my friend, and I feel bad.”
“Sharks can have friends? I thought you preferred solitude:
Being alone? Is that not how you’re viewed?”
“It doesn’t matter anymore. I’ll never have friends.”
Bruno swam away, alone, just as nature intends.
But the killer whale said “Listen kid, I don’t know about sharks
But I know about friends. Long or short, they leave their marks
Accidents happen, and if they’re for real
Friends will never leave you, no matter the deal.”
Bruno turned back and faced the old whale
And swam at the pace of a lowly sea snail
“But they’ll never like, they’re just too afraid.”
“Maybe so, but soon they’ll wish you had stayed.
That reef is your home, and whether you know it or not,
You must defend it from the pain others plot.
Go save your friends and protect them from dying”
Bruno thought to himself “it’s at least worth the trying.”
So away he swam, with speed and with grace
To all that feared him, his own homeland space
He returned to see the Octopus and his gang
Wreaking more havoc from the terror they sprang
Bruno charged in and fought a fierce fight
Hated he may be, but he knew it was right
The battle lasted shorter than previously before
As the other predators were still very sore
They swam away, avoiding Bruno’s sharp teeth
They swam away, far away from the reef
The other fish came out and they cheered
For the shark that had saved them; the one that they feared
But Bruno looked around, for he sought his new friend
Hoping that he had not met his dark end
From behind a rock, Freddie swam out in haste
To meet the shark who had given him a taste
“Freddie,” Bruno cried, his face covered by shame
“I liked swimming with you and playing our games.
I’m sorry I bit you, I won’t do that no more.
And I promise that I always think of you before
Getting into fights, though I have to defend
This reef so predators don’t eat all of my friends.
But your my best friend, if you still wanna be,
So, do you still want to play some games with me?”
Freddie looked at Bruno, and then looked at his fin
And then thought: what if it happened again?
Bruno would get stronger, bigger, and even more scary
Freddie would, forever, need to be wary
But the big guy had said, right from the start
He just wants a friend, to love with all his heart.
“I forgive you, Bruno,” Freddie cried too.
“I would still like to be best friends with you.”
Freddie swam up to Bruno and gave him a hug
And stuck to his stomach, safe and snug.
A little while later, some seals came into town
Slender, and sleek, and fast diving down.
They bullied the fish and laugh all the while
Until a great shadow ruined their smile.
They turned around, and what did they see?
Bruno and Freddie, still cute as can be.
The seals, they laughed until their stomachs were sore
“Beat it, kids. We’ve never ate like this before.”
“Hello, I’m Bruno,” The shark bared his sharp teeth
“I hope you won’t hurt my friends on this reef.”
Seeing the teeth, the seals swam swiftly away
Leaving this reef protected for another day.
For this is the truth, and I’m glad that’s it’s so
Sharks are more important than you know:
They stave off intruders in their own ecosystem
And prevent others from over-eating those within them.
Bruno and Freddie, friends ‘til the end
Swam around, looking for a fin to lend.