Yes, This Shark Wants To Be CUDDLED

Two words you never thought you’d hear in the same sentence: “Shark” and “Cuddled.”

Cuteporter Abigail M. checks in: “Filmed by Stephen Frink while we were down in Grand Bahama this week. It is shark handler Cristina Zenato who knows the sharks by name. Let’s make sharks cute!” 🙂



  1. awwwwwww!

  2. 260Oakley says:

    Now I’d like to see a barracuddle .

  3. stunbunny says:

    Please, someone, tell me that this is PROFESSOR Stephen FRINK! GuHEYYY! With the teeth and the biting!

  4. Rhonda B. says:

    Remember the crocodile hunter- some animals are meant to be admired from afar………….. Just sayin’

  5. Blue Footed Booby says:

    It’s kinda funny how chill most sharks are. Most “attacks” are quite literally the equivalent of a puppeh (or an infant) nomming on something to see what it is. The ones that ever actually kill people are unique in some way–great whites are so big an exploratory nom can sever limbs, oceanic whitetips are murderous sea-albatrosses who take food when they can find it, etc.

  6. marthava says:

    Holy Carp. Sheesh!

  7. Love me all cute things, but this isn’t one of them. What looks like cuddling is actually keeping the shark “stunned” by gripping his nose. Sharks have a sensory organ there called ampullae of Lorenzini. So the video’s title of “taming” is a lot closer to the truth than any type of cuddling…

  8. “Shark handler”…..??? thud

  9. gerdiemonster says:

    scritch scritch. pause. gimme more. scritch scritch. pause. gimme more. both adorable and terrifying. heh.

  10. Sharon Wilson says:

    But I notice the diver is wearing chainmail…

  11. Beth Patterson says:

    An amazing interaction between human and an intelligent, and beautiful ocean dweller. We need to see more good shark stuff like this!

  12. Laura DragonWench says:

    @Blue Footed Booby: You are so right, which is why I’ve always found sharks to be amazing and wonderful creatures. About the only shark I’m truly afraid of is the bull shark, because unlike other sharks, it’s so voracious, it doesn’t matter if you’re a human and not normally part of its diet–if you’re in its way, you’re in danger. But other shark attacks are simply a result of “wrong place, wrong time.” Since sharks don’t have hands to use to reach out and explore the strange things in its environment, it uses the only thing it has, its mouth. Which is bad for us if it’s a big shark, but certainly not deliberate on the shark’s part. What a shame these magnificent creatures are so maligned and misunderstood. We need more videos like this, and of marine biologist Mark Tipple or conservationist and diver Ocean Ramsey who actually free-swim with Great Whites to show that they aren’t the killing machines they’ve been made out to be. Perhaps one of these days, sharks will be respected and left alone to continue doing their work of keeping the ocean ecosystem in balance.

    And @Sharon Wilson: Of course she’s wearing chainmail. She may be confident of the sharks’ behavior, but she’s not reckless. Unlike overexcited puppies who bite, overexcited sharks who bite can cause serious damage.


  14. In response to PS…there is a sensory organ there but it detects electromagnetic fields; the shark would get the same signal from the woman gripping it as it would from her touching it.

    Also in the video, it appears as though she’s rubbing the area rather than gripping it;

  15. afallowdoe says:

    The shark in the video is actually a lemon shark. That particular species is a very mellow shark with only a total of ten attacks on record, none of which were fatal. Lemon Sharks, unlike many other species, are actually rather choosey on their prey. They tend to go for prey considerably smaller than themselves, and a person is way bigger than what is in their diet.
    Honestly, lemon sharks are pretty much giant, underwater dogs.