Sunday, January 21, 2018

Marine Biologist Pets Shark

This is the incredible moment when a British Marine biologist pets sharks like puppies in the waters near the Bahamas.

Alexander Wilcox, an apprentice under conservationist and 'shark whisperer' Cristina Zenato showed off his skills to other divers as they are swamped by sharks.  

In the video, Mr Wilcox can clearly be seen doing what many would believe unthinkable - stroking, touching and holding one of nature's most feared predator's in tropical waters.

 The diving professionals are able to put sharks into a trance-like state by using a little-known technique of rubbing the pores around the creature's nose and mouth.

This causes induces 'tonic immobility', where the shark enters a natural state of paralysis for up to 15 minutes and appears to be asleep in her hands.

The pores act as electroreceptors detecting prey moving in the electromagnetic field around the shark - but also for some reason rubbing them turns 'Jaws' into a sleeping baby. 

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