Shark Swims Up To Diver For a Cuddle Every Time She Sees Him

To visit his friend, Rick Anderson has to strap on an oxygen tank, put a regulator into his mouth and dive into the ocean off the coast of Nobbys Beach in New South Wales, Australia. Anderson's friend is a 6-foot female Port Jackson shark. She doesn't have a name, but Anderson recognizes her by her markings. Anderson said he started playing with her in 2017, when she was just a pup about 6 inches long. He approached her carefully so as not to spook her and then began gently patting her. Once she got used to him, he would cradle her in his hand and talk soothingly to her through his regulator. Over the following seasons, she would recognize Anderson and would swim up to him for a pat and cuddle. She soon got used to Anderson — to the point where she would swim up to him as he was going past, and tap him on the legs until he held his arms out for her to lay on for a cuddle. Most divers are shocked to see this behavior, especially because Anderson is not feeding the shark to entice her. Anderson, who's been scuba diving for more than 30 years and runs a dive school, hopes his friendship with this Port Jackson shark will make people less fearful of sharks.