They’re there to welcome us after a long day of work. The best part is they’re always ready to give you the finest kind of cuddling we can ever hope for. We’re talking about dogs and cats, of course, but this isn’t exactly the case with diver Randy Jordan.
For over a year now, Jordan has been diving to the same spot off the coast of Jupiter, Florida for a very unlikely reason: To cuddle with a shark.
Yep, you read that right. A group of lemon sharks happens to enjoy a good snuggle underwater, particularly Blondie. It seems Blondie is the most adamant for cuddles out of all its peers, and Jordan is more than happy to oblige.
“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,” he said.
No one knows exactly why the shark loves its nuzzle but it’s certainly strange yet adorable. “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.”
Jordan isn’t just out to embrace a few sharks every day. He’s keen on showing the rest of the world that they’re not exactly how the movie, Jaws has painted them to be.
If people knew how really nonaggressive sharks are as a species, they would lose the stigma they got from watching ‘Jaws’. When people see this, they start liking sharks,” Jordan said. “Humans kill 100 million sharks a year, so it’s important for people to change their thinking about them.”