“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.