Thomas Ramey Watson

Woman hand-feeds great white shark

“I think the shark and I had an understanding,” Taylor says in a voiceover of the footage, which aired in a TV documentary called “Shadow of the Shark.” “This one, I had a feeling for.”

Great white sharks, according to Yannis Papastamatiou, a research biologist in the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural His

tory, are intelligent and good learners.

Despite the great white’s reputation as a vicious hunter, like many wild animals, with enough practice and patience (and fish), researchers can condition them

to take handouts from

research vessels. It isn’ t unheard of, Papas

tamatiou said, for researchers to hand-feed them.


Fascinating. Watch video.

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