"Oh, Sempai… Not in front of the camera…!"
I love shark eyes - you can totally tell they’re looking RIGHT AT YOU…
Also, on the shark week, they didn’t explain the difference between flipping tonic and rubbing tonic. From what I can gather, when you flip a shark they stop breathing and totally go into shock - they can suffocate and die this way. When you put a shark into nosey rubbing tonic, they keep breathing through buccal pumping, using their mouths to suck in water, simulating ram ventilation without moving.
If i’ve got this wrong - let me know! OoO
The giant mature females of the Neptune Islands are among the largest great whites in the world.
Surprisingly, these big girls are also among the most timid of sharks and often shy away from us up at the surface compared to other adult males and smaller individuals.
Down on our world exclusive ocean floor cage dives however these ladies do feel more comfortable in getting more intimate. This near 6m mature female named “Matilda” has moved in very slowly and with her snout has gently kissed the cage right in front of Fox Divemaster Dani Spreitzer.
In this image Matilda’s jaw is captured in half open position, in reflex to the curious connection with the aluminium cage. This gave her the information she needed, and it can be seen that she has not dropped her upper teeth down out of her gums, or rolled her eyes back, and she did not at all act aggressively or bite the cage.
However despite the relatively delicate investigation its not surprising to know that all the divers here had hearts racing and were held spellbound in astonishment from the encounter.
Mathilda the Matronly: “Human… are you stuck in the cage? Do you require help? I could easily release you…No? OK.”
HUGGERS… meet the Shy Shark! THIS IS A THING! THIS IS REALLY A THING….!
450 millions years of evolution and 'if i can't see it, it can't hurt me' is the best they could come up with! WAY too adorable!
You know, there are so many other jawsome sharks out there - shark week shouldn’t just focus on the white shark. I love a good breach as much as the next shark lover, but these guys are too cute! <3
Did you know that there are sharks that will curl up in a ball and cover their eyes when scared? These little guys are called “shysharks.” They’re a genus of catsharks and there’s four different species of them. Shysharks are found in the waters of southern Africa and aren’t fished for their fins, but are caught by fishermen through by-catch. They are completely harmless to humans.
[When sharks are finned they are tossed back to sea alive, but without their fins they cannot swim and they drown, starve, or bleed to death. Carcasses sink to the bottom where many small sharks spend their lives. Sometimes I wonder if the little guys ever come across them and worry about their own safety, like this little shyshark here.]
OMG… XD huggers….
OH NOES look how evil and violent man-eating tiger sharks are! AAHHH!
LOL. Now I don’t condone jumping in for a cuddle like Dr.Sam Gruber in the bottom photo… but for the people like Leander, who understand them, tiger sharks are like any other animal… always up for a good scratch!
"OH, yes," she thought, "there was a whole world up there, above the waves… where else did those crunchy, feathery snacks come from…?"
Their facial expressions make them look like big toothy puppies I want to hug them.
Tiger sharks are especially pensive XD I should make a post dedicated to their faces!