The Shark Whisperer February 24, 2008Posted by Michael in Science.
This image shows why Mike Rutzen has been given the nickname Sharkman.The South African has learned ‘tonic immobility’, a natural state of paralysis, which animals sometimes enter when faced with an imminent threat.
He induces the state in sharks by turning them on their head and massaging their snout, close to their eyes. The paralysis lasts 15 minutes.
Rutzen is an expert on the great white shark and an outspoken champion of shark conservation.
Thanks again to Lauraw.