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Pierrick Seybald shows his guests an incredible way to overcome the fear of sharks
This is the incredible moment when a man swims with a tiger shark and communicates with the sea monster with just a touch of his hand. Pierrick Seybald , 34, known as a shark whisper, enjoys swimming underwater and making friends with predators.
The stunning video taken by photographer Cam Grant shows the sharks with their huge mouth open before the diver controls them or redirects them with his hand. Pierrick, owner of Moorea Moana Tour, of French Polynesia , said: “I am a shark safety diver and feed sharks in specific areas to attract sharks and provide a great experience to my guests.
“We have a place on Tuamotu Island where we study the behavior of the tiger shark population. This place is perhaps one of the best in the world to observe tiger sharks.”
“Sometimes you can have more than 10 tiger sharks in the water competing for food and they often come to challenge you. There are no beginners or guests who can go there, only very experienced shark divers.”
“When these big tiger sharks come to challenge me with their mouths open, I have to be ready to control them or redirect them.” “They really don’t want to attack me and they just want to show me their dominance. If a shark really wanted to attack me, trust me, it wouldn’t be here today. Sharks are very smart and know that we are not at all their food chain.
“I often calm them by stimulating Lorenzini’s blisters with my hand. We call that tonic immobility and use that method to remove the hooks that sharks gave fishermen.”
Lorenzini ampoules are special detection organs called electroreceptors, which form a network of pores filled with gelatin. These sensory organs help the fish to detect electric fields in the water. Each ampoule consists of a channel filled with gelatin that opens to the surface through a pore in the skin and ends blindly in a group of small pockets filled with special jelly.
Tonic immobility is a natural state of paralysis in which animals enter, often called animal hypnosis. Its function is not safe. It may be related to mating in certain animals such as sharks. It can also be a way to prevent or deter predators.
“I love sharks and I feel good about them,” Pierrick added . “People have to understand the importance of sharks to our ocean and change the bad perception they may have.”