This Shark Swims Up To The Same Diver For Cuddles Every Time She Sees Him

January 13, 2017

Rick Anderson loves to go diving off the coast of Nobbys Beach in New South Wales, Australia.

One thing that keeps him coming back to this spot is a 6-foot female Port Jackson shark.

shark cuddles with diver
Credit: Rick Anderson

According to Anderson, she always recognizes 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."

shark cuddles with diver
Credit: Rick Anderson

"I did this each time in the first season she was here," he said. "Then 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."

shark cuddles with diver
Credit: Rick Anderson

"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."

shark cuddles with diver
Credit: Rick Anderson

(h/t) the dodo

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