A shark swims up to a diver to cuddle with him every time she sees him! This is really amazing!
To visit his friend, a unusually friendly shark, Rick Anderson has to strap on an oxygen tank, also put a regulator into his mouth and dive into the ocean off the coast of Nobbys Beach in New South Wales, Australia. His friend is a 6 foot female Port Jackson shark. She still does not have a name, but Anderson recognizes her by her unique markings.
This cute shark just loves to cuddle!
“I did this every time in the first season she was here,” Anderson says. “Then over the next seasons, she would recognize me and would swim up to me for a cuddle and a pat too. She got used to me so fast. She will swim up to me when I am going past, and tap me on my legs until I hold my arms out for her to lay on them for a cuddle”.
“Most divers when they see this for the first time can’t really believe it” he also says. “I do not feed her or any of the other sharks I play with, I basically treat them just like I would a dog”.
Port Jackson sharks are really smaller then the great white sharks, but any kind of shark tends to scare people, especially as the media often wrongly portrays sharks as deadly and dangerous to people. In reality, people are actually far more dangerous to sharks. People kill around 73 million sharks per year for shark fin soup.
Anderson is scuba diving already for 27 years and has his own diving school. He hopes his friendship with this cute Port Jackson shark will make people fear less of sharks.
“The biggest misconception about sharks is that they are all cold blooded killers. They think that they are lying in wait for people to enter the water,” Anderson says. Besides Port Jacksons, he also dives with other shark species. He dives with banjo sharks, grey nurse sharks, tiger sharks, bull sharks, hammerhead sharks and great white shark too.