January 25, 2022 4:47 pm

Special friend, she met him under the sea and ten years later she continues looking for him to caress her

To visit his friend, Rick Anderson has to put on his wetsuit, put on his goggles, check that his oxygen tank is working properly, adjust his mouth regulator, and dive into the ocean off the coast of Nobbys Beach in New Wales. South, Australia. The name of her friend Ruby. And every time Anderson dives in, you can easily recognize her by the marks on her body.

“I started playing with her about ten years ago when she was just a puppy about six inches long. I approached carefully so as not to scare her. Then I began to gently caress her. With each dive, she got used to me to the point that she let me cradle her in my hand while I spoke to her gently through the regulator. “

Anderson is a dive instructor and has run a school for over 20 years. Excited, he repeated the experience the following seasons in that location where he had seen it for the first time. And the surprise was pleasant every time she recognized him and swam towards him to be caressed and pampered. “He soon got used to being in contact with me: he would swim towards me, play between my legs and wait for the moment when he would extend his arms to receive a hug.”


Anderson’s special friend has a quirk. Ruby is a female Port Jackson shark almost six feet in length. It has markings on its horn in the shape of a harness, which go from the eyes to the back of the first dorsal fin and cross to the other side of its body. The species is characterized by being mainly nocturnal. It hides in caves and rocky ravines during the day. Their diet is based on invertebrates. They are oviparous animals. Females lay 10-16 eggs on shallow reef rocks.

The scientific name of this species (Heterodontus portusjacksoni) comes from the Greek words “Heteros” which means different and “dont” which means tooth. It refers to the shape of their teeth, which is very peculiar. “Portusjacksoni”, meanwhile, comes from Port Jackson, the name of the port of Sydney.

Rick Anderson
Rick Anderson

“Most divers who see this interaction for the first time can’t believe it. I don’t feed her or any of the other sharks I play with. I basically treat them with respect and love, just like I would a dog, ”Anderson said.

Although they are much smaller than great white sharks, they are still a shark and the reality is that they are often scary, especially since it is commonplace to mistakenly portray sharks as dangerous to people. However, people are much more dangerous to sharks – in fact, it is estimated that people kill 73 million sharks per year.

“The biggest mistake about sharks is that they are all killers on the lookout for people who enter the water,” Anderson said. In addition to Port Jacksons, the diver dives with other species of sharks, such as banjo, gray nurse, tiger, bull, hammerhead and even the occasional great white shark. That is why he hopes that the images of his friendship with Ruby will change that image about these wonderful animals.


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