Teddy bears are the first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word “cuddle.”Because sharks are ferocious man-eaters, the word “cuddling” would never be associated with them.But the story we have for you today will absolutely astound you because it involves a shark and cuddling.
Rick Anderson is a human who has a special relationship with a Port Jackson shark.This shark pal is a female with body markings.Rick can identify his friend thanks to these marks.Rick must dive into the ocean with an oxygen tank strapped to his shoulder and a regulator in his mouth whenever he wants to see his shark friend.
The shark, which has yet to be named, is found in the ocean off the coast of Nobbys Beach in New South Wales, Australia.She appears to always recognize her human friend.Rick started playing with her when she was only six inches long (more than a decade ago).He approached the creature slowly so as not to catch her off guard, and then softly patted her.
Conversing with us “I still cuddle with her when I get the chance,” Rick said.She is in good health and is still going strong.Always lovely.”
He cradled her in his palm and whispered soothingly through his regulator after she became acquainted with him.Rick did this every time she was there during the first season.Throughout the seasons, she was able to recognize him and swim to him for a cuddle and a pat.The shark grew accustomed to Rick and would swim up to him whenever he passed.Then she’d tap him on the back of his legs until he cuddled her.
The other divers find Rick’s friendship incredible because he doesn’t even feed her.He treats sharks similarly to dogs and even plays with other sharks.Rick has been diving for over 30 years and owns his own dive shop.By sharing his story with the rest of the world, he hopes to reduce people’s fear of sharks.
Thinking of sharks as creatures waiting in the ocean to consume human flesh, he claims, is a common misconception.Rick also dives with tiger sharks, bull sharks, hammerhead sharks, banjo sharks, grey nurse sharks, and even great white sharks.He even admits to feeling at ease in the water with these magnificent creatures.