We had heard about him. We had read the book about him. We met the author last year on Damon's birthday when she came to a friend's home to read to the children and give them all a signed copy and a doll she had made. But we had never met "Wilbert" until we recently made a trip out to the infamous beach. He is as big as the rumors claim he is. And not as cute as the book portrays him to be. I guess getting older takes its toll on all of us!