Friends Cameron Nimmo and Randy Jordan have made it their mission to help sharks that have been pierced with fishing hooks by removing the hooks from their mouths, noses, and bodies. The hooks are often left in the sharks after being caught and released by fishermen. As you could imagine, the huge pieces of metal piercing their bodies can be detrimental to their health.
Watch as the pair of kind-hearted divers remove a fishing hook from the jaws of a 6ft silky shark after coaxing it into a natural trance by turning it onto its back.
(Source: Barcroft TV)
The pair, who go by the name Shark Addicts, came across this silky shark while swimming off the coast of Jupiter in Florida. During the encounter, Randy gently turns the shark upside down, putting it into a paralyzed state called tonic immobility which is a well-known phenomenon that affects certain shark species, including Great Whites and tiger sharks, and can last for up to 15 minutes. While the shark is catching some Zs, Cameron removes the hook.
Randy, who also runs Emerald Charter boat tours, says on average about 75 percent of the ten to twenty sharks they encounter have hooks in them. The pair hope their videos will raise awareness about sharks’ precarious position in the ecosystem and show that humans pose more of a threat to them than they do to us.
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