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Whenever He Goes Diving, This Shark Comes To Cuddle With Him (This Has Been Going On For 7 Years)
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Whenever He Goes Diving, This Shark Comes To Cuddle With Him (This Has Been Going On For 7 Years)

Meet Rick Anderson, an Australian man who calls a female Port Jackson shark his friend, saying she comes to cuddle with him whenever she sees him. “I started playing with her about seven years ago when she was just a pup about 6 inches long,” Anderson told The Dodo. “I approached her carefully so as not to spook her, then began to gently pat her. Once she got used to me, I would cradle her in my hand and talk soothingly to her through my regulator.”

The man, who has been scuba diving for 27 years and runs a dive school, added: “Over the following seasons, she’d recognize me and would swim up to me for a pat and cuddle. She soon got used to me — to the point where she will swim up to me when I’m going past, and tap me on the legs until I hold my arms out for her to lay on for a cuddle.”

“Most divers seeing this for the first time can’t believe it,” he added. “I don’t feed her or any of the other sharks I play with — I basically treat them like I would a dog.”

More info: Rick’s Dive School | Facebook (h/t: thedodo)

Meet Rick Anderson, an Australian man who calls a female Port Jackson shark his friend

He says she comes to cuddle with him whenever she sees him

“I started playing with her about seven years ago when she was just a pup about 6 inches long”

“I approached her carefully so as not to spook her, then began to gently pat her”

“I would cradle her in my hand and talk soothingly to her through my regulator”

“Over the following seasons, she’d recognize me and would swim up to me for a pat and cuddle”

“She will… tap me on the legs until I hold my arms out for her to lay on for a cuddle”

“I don’t feed her or any of the other sharks I play with — I basically treat them like I would a dog”

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The Laugh Fan
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How special is it when a wild animal chooses to interact with us? Amazing - beautiful creature.

Erin Cridge
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5 years ago

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Until their mouth interacts with your face!

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Trinity Paschall
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is great! I just hope she doesn't approach another diver who thinks she is attacking them and harm her.

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The Laugh Fan
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How special is it when a wild animal chooses to interact with us? Amazing - beautiful creature.

Erin Cridge
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5 years ago

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Until their mouth interacts with your face!

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Trinity Paschall
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is great! I just hope she doesn't approach another diver who thinks she is attacking them and harm her.

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