Australian Diver Forms An Unlikely 7-Year Friendship With A Port Jackson Shark That Cuddles With Him Every Time He Dives

There’s no doubt that sharks are some of the most feared creatures on the planet, but not for Rick Anderson. For him, one particular Port Jackson shark has become a friend he looks forward to seeing every time he goes diving.


Anderson, who operates a dive school in Australia, first encountered the female Port Jackson shark seven years ago when she was only six inches long.


Slowly and carefully, Anderson approached her, and to his surprise, the shark didn’t swim away. Instead, she allowed him to pat her.


According to Anderson, over the next few diving seasons, the shark would recognize him and swim up to him for a pat and snuggle. She became so used to him that she would tap him on the legs as he passed, signaling for a hug.


While many divers would find this behavior intimidating, Anderson treats the shark like a beloved pet. He doesn’t feed her or any other sharks, instead treating them like dogs. He has even given the Port Jackson shark a name – “Percy” – and claims that she recognizes him by sight and sound.


Not surprisingly, Anderson’s relationship with Percy has raised eyebrows among those who are skeptical of sharks’ ability to show affection. But for Anderson, Percy’s behavior is proof that sharks are not the mindless killing machines they are often made out to be.


In the end, Anderson’s relationship with Percy is a reminder that, despite their fearsome reputation, sharks are just one of the many amazing creatures that live in our oceans. With understanding and respect, we can coexist peacefully with these creatures and appreciate the beauty and diversity of life in our oceans.

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Written by Pasan Nanayakkara

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