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Also known as the Mudshark Incident, the Shark Episode occured in July 1969, in Seattle, Washington, in the Edgewater Inn (now the Edgewater Hotel, or just The Edgewater), located right on Elliot Bay. While on tour Led Zeppelin and the lesser-known band Vanilla Fudge stayed in the hotel, which, at the time, allowed guests to fish out of the window of their room; directly into the bay. The incident happened on July 28th, and the exact events have been disputed over the years. The incident involved the members of Vanilla Fudge, one of Led Zeppelin's road managers; Richard Cole, and supposedly some or all members of Led Zeppelin. Cole's version of the story is as follows:
- "It wasn't Bonzo (John Bonham, the drummer of Led Zeppelin), it was me. It wasn't shark parts anyway - it was the nose that got put in. We caught a lot of big sharks, at least two dozen, stuck coat hangers through the gills and left 'em in the closet... But the true shark story was that it wasn't even a shark. It was a red snapper and the chick happened to be a fucking redheaded broad with a ginger pussy. And that is the truth. Bonzo was in the room, but I did it. Mark Stein filmed the whole thing. And she loved it. It was like, "You'd like a bit of fucking, eh? Let's see how your red snapper likes this red snapper!" That was it. It was the nose of the fish, and that girl must have cum 20 times. But it was nothing malicious or harmful, no way! No one was ever hurt."
The aforementioned video has yet to be found or even confirmed to exist. Stein had claimed to giving the tapes to Vanilla Fudge's road manager, Bruce Wayne (not of Batman fame).
- http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/ledzeppelin/articles/story/17537975/power_mystery_and_the_hammer_of_the_gods (Wayback Archive of Rolling Stone, Stephen Davis, July 4th, 1985. Retrieved 23 June 2014)
- http://www.snopes.com/music/artists/mudshark.asp (Snopes. Retrieved 23 June 2014)
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shark_episode (Wikipedia, Edelman, August 23rd, 2008. Retrieved 23 June 2014)