Scuba diving guide Randy Jordan has formed an incredible bond with a group of lemon sharks in the coastal waters of Jupiter, Florida. One female shark, which Jordan named Blondie, is particularly fond of him. She demands to be petted every time she sees him together with a group of divers that he leads.
“She recognizes me as soon as I go in the water and runs over to me. It almost looks like she’s smiling. She doesn’t want food, she just wants to be petted,” Jordan told The Dodo. “If you don’t give her the attention, she’ll bump into you. You have to attend to her. That’s just the way she is. It is strange.
“I’m not a scientist, but I know sharks have a nerve center under their snout, and when that’s stimulated, it puts them into a semi-catatonic state,” he says. “I think they enjoy it the same way a cat enjoys to be petted.
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