TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 1 large watermelon
  • 2 cups seedless red grapes
  • 1 medium cantaloupe, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 medium oranges
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) pineapple preserves
  • Swedish Fish candies, optional

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup (calculated without candies): 129 calories, 1g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 0 starch, 1 fruit.


  1. Using a large sharp knife, cut off one end of the watermelon so that watermelon stands at an angle. Using a razor blade or small knife, score an opening for the mouth. With knife, cut out and remove mouth. Cut out triangles for teeth; remove rind from teeth.
  2. For shark fin, cut a triangle from removed rind; attach to shark with toothpicks. For eyes, attach two grapes with toothpicks.
  3. Remove fruit from inside watermelon; cut into cubes. In a large bowl, combine watermelon, cantaloupe, blueberries and remaining grapes. Finely grate peel from oranges and squeeze juice. In a small bowl, mix preserves, orange juice and peel; add to fruit and toss gently.
  4. Stand shark on a platter. Fill opening with some of the fruit mixture; add a few Swedish Fish if desired. Serve with remaining fruit. Yield: 32 servings.
Originally published as Watermelon Shark in Simple & Delicious June/July 2012, p8

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gina.kapfhamer 249951
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2016

"So fun to make! Big hit for Shark Week viewing party!"

forcoco 246408
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2016

"Big hit at Grad Party."

GirishKatta 239054
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2015

"Nice recipe"

prodjul29 230332
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2015

"googd one"

Queenie073 228600
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2015

"my mother used to make these so many years ago when she cooked for wedding parties.. She would also make for our family. Realy a great touch to a picnic"

havingfunwithmyfamily 197818
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"I don't think it took an hour to prepare. It was pretty simple to do, and the kids really loved making it with me! My 4 year old boy would not stop smiling, and posing with his watermelon shark, and has even requested this at his birthday!"

cydwilliams 213123
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2014

"We made this last summer for my twin grandsons' birthday. I'm not artistic and was unsure how it would turn out, but it was a huge hit at the shark themed party. Like Sharlette's review, both the adults and children loved it."

sharlette 137683
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"I made this for our VBS refreshment table. We had a sea theme with Noah and Jonah as part of the lessons. I added blue tinted coconut around the bottom of the tray for a water look and gummy sharks swimming in /on the coconut. Everyone loved it, both kids and adults. It is not as hard as it looks to make."

S Poe 198854
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2012

"My shark was a hit. It had more interest from adults than the two children that were at the picnic. I could not find a long watermelon and had to go with the most oval shape watermelon in the store. The mouth just ended up closer to the serving tray. It did take more like 1 1/2 hours to finish. But it was well worth the effort. You could easily make it into a whale by not cutting the teeth and making a tail instead of a fin."

Yvette92 115997
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2012

"Cute idea!"

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