How would you feel if you had a best friend in the deep ocean? How would you feel if you had somebody who comes and greets you every time you go diving? Well, this scuba driver knows how it actually feels. The scuba diver’s name is Rick Anderson, and he is a professional scuba diver who has spent more than 27 years underwater teaching scuba class. He made friends with a female shark that he met when she was just a pup.
Years ago, he came upon this Port Jackson pup and started to gently pat her. Gradually, as the years passed, she grew to recognize him. Whenever he would come near her, she would swim on up to him to have a pat and a cuddle with her favorite living being that resides on the land and walks on two legs.
Now, when she sees him, she swims on up to him and weaves through his legs, circling around him until he gives her attention. Anderson is careful to never feed her. This relationship sure is a special one, one that is hard to believe. Even his scuba driver friends find it hard to believe even when they see the two best friends together in front of their own eyes.
This is Rick Anderson, an Australian man who calls a female Port Jackson shark his friend.
He says that she comes and cuddles him whenever he sees him.
“I started playing with her about seven years ago when she was just a pup about six inches long.”
“I approached her carefully so as not to spook her, then began to gently pat her.”
“I would cradle her in my hand and talk soothingly to her through my regulator.”
“Over the following seasons, she’d recognize me and would swim up to me for a pat and cuddle.”
“She will… tap me on the legs until I hold my arms out for her to lay on for a cuddle.”
“I don’t feed her or any of the other sharks I play with- I basically treat them like I would a dog.