When we hear the word “cuddle” the first thing that comes to our mind is teddy bears. You’ve never associated the word “cuddling” with a shark because they are famous as fierce animals that eat humans. So the story we are bringing today is about a cute shark, so this story is sure to shock you from the heart.
Australian professional scuba diver Rick Anderson is a man who are best friends with a Port Jackson shark. This shark buddy is a female with marks on her body. Also, these marks help Rick identify his shark friend. Whenever Rick needs to meet his shark friend, he has to sling an oxygen tank over his shoulder and dive into the ocean with a regulator in his mouth.
This shark lives in the ocean off New Beach, New South Wales, Australia, and he has yet to be named. Apparently, She always recognizes her human friend. Rick started playing with her 7 years ago when she was just a six-inch-long puppy. He approached the creature slowly making sure not to surprise her and then patted her gently.
“I still cuddle with her when I have the opportunity. She is fit healthy and going strong. Always beautiful.” Rick says.
After she got used to him, he cradled her in his palm and hummed comfortingly through his regulator. Rick has continued to do so every time since her first season. Throughout the following seasons, She recognized him and was able to swim, cuddle and pat him. With time the shark became very close to Rick and swam up to him whenever he passed. Then she taps his legs and tells him to cuddle her, and she taps his legs until he cuddled her.
This friendship was unbelievable to the other divers as Rick doesn’t even feed her. He treats sharks the same way he treats dogs and plays with every other shark. By sharing his story around the world, Rick hopes to reduce people’s fear of sharks.
According to him, “thinking of sharks as creatures that await in the ocean to consume human flesh, is a common misunderstanding. Rick also dives with other shark varieties such as tiger sharks, bull sharks, hammerhead sharks, banjo sharks, grey nurse sharks, and even great whites. He even admits to feeling comfortable swimming with these magnificent creatures.”
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