Diver Cristina Zenato is known for her tireless work with sharks. In fact, after spending more than two decades working with the ultimate marine predators, she gained a worldwide reputation as the ‘shark whisperer.’ However, her latest video is giving goosebumps to everyone who’s watching it
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The woman can be seen surrounded by a group of sharks in the clear blue waters off the Bahamas. One of the sharks makes its way to the diver as it was asking to be pet. It was Foggy Eye, a shark who normally doesn’t like to be touched. It’s when Cristina realized something could be wrong and when Foggt Eye got closer she spotted the fishing hook inside its mouth.
” I was like, ‘I’m going in!’ So I opened and went in, grabbed the hook,” the diver recalls the moment. And since then, the woman it’s like a “shark dentist,” being obsessed of removing fishing hooks from the the sharks, as she admitted.
This woman sticks her hands in sharks’ mouths to help when they get caught on hooks 🦈❤️ pic.twitter.com/ohFcDYC0mh
— The Dodo (@dodo) October 14, 2018
But, how does she manage to get close of these deadly predators? According to the DailyMail, Cristina is able to put the sharks ‘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.’ And this is causing what it’s called the ‘tonic immobility.’ It’s like the sharks are falling asleep in her arms.
“In my daily work and dives with sharks I am always removing their hooks,” Ms Zenato said. “In this particular case it was harder than usual. After putting the shark in tonic I had to pull it from deep inside.” Now, Ms Zenato tries to teach other divers the technique, in order to help more sharks to get rid off that pain.
Watch the heart-thumping moment, here: