Bull sharks can weigh around 200 to 500 pounds and vary in length from 7 to 11.5 feet. Males grow more slowly than females. They consume fish, other sharks, stingrays, turtles, dolphins, and seabirds. Bull sharks get their name from their aggressive temperament, blunt snout, and propensity to headbutt prey before striking. Bull sharks are among the sharks most likely to attack humans since they like shallow coastal areas. A group of divers got to experience a close-up encounter with these beautiful creatures during a feeding session.
A video shows two divers in water full of incredible fish and multiple bull sharks. They’re feeding these predators large chunks of meat to encourage a close encounter. When one of the sharks looks as if he’s about to attack, one of the divers gives him a swift punch on the snout.
The shark quickly retreats and comes back around for another snack. This time, he went for the giant piece of fish the swimming had in his hand. Once he grabs his lunch, we can the most incredible footage as the shark swims right up to the lens.
Bull sharks are notorious for being vicious predators who have been known to accidentally attack humans. Bull sharks are hazardous because of their territorial nature, migration up rivers, and ability to coexist in both fresh and salt water, which puts them in close proximity to humans. Shark attacks are incredibly uncommon, though.
Unlikely Shark Attacks
Less than 20 people are killed by shark attacks annually, yet the fishing industry is responsible for the deaths of more than 20 million sharks. On the near-threatened list are these fish. Bull sharks are more vulnerable to pollution and habitat destruction than other species because of their coastal range. They are occasionally caught accidentally as well as purposely for their skin, liver oil, and fins.
One person commented on the video and made several good points. They said, “He actually did the right thing, sharks ready up an attack by suddenly halting their momentum and looking directly at their prey. The diver saw the potential risk of being mawed by the shark and instantly reacted with a punch to its snout, which tends to slightly disorient them and dissuade them from completing the attack. However, as this is only a temporary distraction he also decided to feed him, hence keeping the animal satisfied without further risking his integrity.”
It’s truly remarkable that technology allows us to see interactions like this. I bet that scuba diver never imagined they’d have to punch a shark in the nose! Would you ever feed sharks in the ocean? Be sure to let us know! Check out the spine-tingling video below.
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