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

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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.”


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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“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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