Throughout the years we have made several of these fun whale watermelons!
In the fifth grade my son's class planned a "Under the Sea' party after a session of studying the creatures and fishes that inhabit the ocean and the teacher asked we bring dishes following this theme. My eldest daughter carved a whale watermelon and it was the hit of the party! And of course it being filled with healthy fruit also made us a favorite of the moms!
We made two of these sweet guys for my mother's 75th birthday party and again they were greatly admired.
And just recently we carved one for our Fourth of July picnic celebration.
These are really not that hard, it just takes a little bit of patience and a couple of tricks!
Place the watermelon on a flat surface, stem side toward you. The stem will be the nose. Using a "dry erase" marker draw the eyes, mouth and the top of the head.
Make a pattern for the whales tail using the above graph or visually use it as a reference to draw the whale's tale on the top of the watermelon.
To relieve the pressure inside the watermelon and to prevent the outline from splitting as you cut, use a shape knife to cut an X through the top of the watermelon.
To make the shell, cut along the outline for the opening and cut away the unwanted shell in pieces. Scoop out the watermelon fruit, leaving the shell about 1 inch thick. Reserve the watermelon fruit to add to the other fruit in the whale.
Cut out the eyes completely. Cut out the mouth only halfway through the shell so the juices from the fruit will not run out.
*Note: Prior to filling with fruit, the whale may be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated overnight.
Before serving fill the whale with cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi and pieces of watermelon or any other fruit you would like.
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