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Sharks are not pets

As part of my Advanced Open Water certificate, was Underwater Naturalist course, which is an introduction to the underwater aquatic environment, and is designed to help develop safe and responsible aquatic life interaction techniques.

One of the main topics of this course is "Human Perception of Aquatic Life", or to be more exact - human misconceptions about " dangerous " aquatic animals which are:

aquatic animals are dangerous and harmful
aquatic animals are harmless like domestic/friendly animals
aquatic animals are nonliving, inanimate objects
aquatic animals have human characteristics

In the video below, a Florida diver Dave Marcel forgets a few of those misconceptions when he tries to give a nurse shark...a kiss.

Thinking that a wild animal is harmless and friendly, and has human characteristics ? I have a feeling that Dave skipped Underwater Naturalist course.

Another feeling I have is that I've seen something like this before ? Oh, that's right - Grizzly Man ( Timothy Treadwell ) and Steve Irwin, aka The Crocodile Hunter.

What do you think ? Brave, "smart " or plain stupid ?


Spencer Nagle said...

I've seen one of those sharks. I got pretty close but I didn't shove my lips into it's mouth, haha.

ExtraHyperActive said...

I guess they are pretty friendly, as long as you don't try to "take it to the next level"...