Spotted on Daily Mail UK:
Watch the heart-thumping moment daredevil diver puts her hand inside shark’s MOUTH to remove a fishing hook
- Diver Cristina Zenato is world renowned for her work with sharks
- She uses little-known trick to put them in a trance before handling them
- But she still wears body armour in case one decides to attack
A renowned diver who is known as a skilled ‘shark whisperer’ has been filmed putting her hand inside a shark’s mouth to remove a fishing hook lodged in its gullet. As sharks swarm all around her and fellow divers in clear blue waters off the Bahamas, Italian-born Cristina Zenato fearlessly reaches into the predator’s mouth and pulls the hook out.
Sensational moment diver reaches into mouth of shark to release hook
The fierce fish seems totally at ease with her, and even as she reaches deep into its throat it doesn’t attempt to bite. Nevertheless, in addition to her wetsuit she is dressed in chainlink body armour.
Ms Zenato was able to put the shark into a trance-like state using a little-known technique of rubbing the ampullae of Lorenzini – the name given to hundreds of jelly-filled pores around the creature’s nose and mouth. This causes induces ‘tonic immobility’, where the shark enters a natural state of paralysis for up to 15 minutes and appears to be asleep in her hands.
The pores act as electroreceptors detecting prey moving in the electromagnetic field around the shark – but also for some reason rubbing them turns ‘Jaws’ into a sleeping baby. Ms Zenato uses her ability to put the sharks in a sleepy state to educate other divers, remove parasites and even – as in this case – take out fishing hooks caught in their mouths.
‘In my daily work and dives with sharks I am always removing their hooks,’ Ms Zenato was quoted as saying. In this particular case it was harder than usual. After putting the shark in tonic I had to pull it from deep inside.’
Wow, that’s some amazing footage don’t you think so?