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The Shark Whisperer February 24, 2008

Posted 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.

Daring diver tickles sharks | Metro.co.uk


1. skinbad - February 24, 2008

If he was juggling three of them I might be impressed.

2. Anyway, amish delivered the bomb - February 24, 2008

Completely retarded but fucking hilarious to me:

3. Muslihoon - February 24, 2008

Spiders on Drugs.

And this is quite amusing: Spring Break mistake.

4. nicedeb - February 25, 2008

So, when the shark wakes up, does he bite off his arm?

5. XBradTC - February 25, 2008

Anyone else picturing the guy who thought he could commune with grizzly bears?

6. TXMarko - February 25, 2008

I thought sharks had to keep moving in the water to breathe.

If that is true, this guy is just tickling them until they drown.

Which is even cooler.

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8. Jane Liu - March 21, 2013

This image has been incorrectly credited. The diver in this photo is Christina Zenato, an Italian professional diver who luves in the Bahamas. I know because I just came from her presentation on workin with sharks in New York City tonight.

9. Jane Liu - March 21, 2013

Oops, “luves” = “lives”.

10. BrewFan - March 22, 2013

I’ve worked with a few sharks in New York City too.

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