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This Man Was Diving When A Shark Came Right For Him, But No One Knew Why

Rick Anderson has been a professional diver for years, so people were shocked to find out that every time he goes diving in a certain area, one shark makes a beeline for him.

But don't worry, this shark isn't here to eat him. Anderson and this shark are actually best friends!

Years ago, Anderson was diving in the ocean off the coast of Nobby's Beach in Australia when he came across a tiny little shark.

"I started playing with her about seven years ago when she was just a pup about 6 inches long," Anderson told The Dodo. "I approached her carefully so as not to spook her, then began to gently pat her. Once she got used to me, I would cradle her in my hand and talk soothingly to her through my regulator."

"I did this each time in the first season she was here," he said. "Then over the following seasons, she'd recognize me and would swim up to me for a pat and cuddle. She soon got used to me — to the point where she will swim up to me when I'm going past, and tap me on the legs until I hold my arms out for her to lay on for a cuddle."

"Most divers seeing this for the first time can't believe it," he added. "I don't feed her or any of the other sharks I play with — I basically treat them like I would a dog."

Now, obviously this is not a Great White Shark we're talking about here. This shark, who is unnamed by Anderson, is a Port Jackson shark. Port Jackson's are part of the bullhead shark family. They don't pose any harm to humans, but that doesn't mean everyone should go around trying to snuggle them.

"They're all wild animals and they'll let you know if they don't want to be handled," Anderson says. "If you touch some of them, you can also wipe off their protective layers of skin."

That being said, this friendship is one of the cutest we've ever seen! The shark kind of looks like a granny without her dentures!

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