One of the first things we learn as new divers is to never go alone. Whenever we go diving, we have to pair up for safety. We even have a term of endearment for it: the dive buddy. Sometimes our dive buddy is a real friend, someone who watches out for us and makes sure we aren’t doing something we shouldn’t be doing. Sometimes when we dive, we pick up dive buddies along the way. There are some divers who never have to ask for a dive buddy because theirs is already under the sea. Check out these stories about divers and their wild underwater pals.
For the past seven years, every time Rick Anderson dives into the ocean off the coast of Nobbys Beach in New South Wales, Australia, he has been met by a dear old friend. The story is quite amazing. Anderson says he first met the unnamed shark as a tiny, six-inch long pup. Now, seven years later, the female Port Jackson shark is an intimidating 6 feet long. But she doesn’t intimidate Anderson at all. Instead, whenever she sees and recognizes him, the shark nuzzles in for a hug.
That first story about the cuddly shark certainly went a long way toward teaching us a thing or two about fish feelings. This next story confirms that even though they are cold blooded, our fishy friends might actually harbor emotions we only attribute to land dwellers. I don’t want to give too much away because it really is a sweet story and you should read it for yourself. In a nutshell, diver Hiroyuki Arakawa has been meeting up with his fish friend for 25 years.
At first glance, a Moray Eel looks quite menacing. With its long, cylindrical body and rows of big, sharp teeth, and with the way it opens and closes its mouth when it breathes—it is downright scary. However, given all that, given the fact that they are carnivorous and dwell in deep, dark caves, Moray Eels are surprisingly lovable. Don’t just take my word for it. Watch the video of Valerie Taylor and her good friend, a Spotted Moray Eel, as they frolic and frisk like two long lost friends.
Ocean Ramsey is amazing. Besides having probably the coolest name ever for a shark biologist and freediver, she also has bigger juevos than most guys I know. She is a model, a diver, an instructor, and most of all an inspiration to many. Google her and you’ll see all kinds of videos of her swimming with great white sharks. No cage. No suit. Just Ocean in the ocean with a beast that could swallow her whole if it wanted. In this video, Ocean is swimming lazily with one of the sea’s most majestic inhabitants, a gentle and docile whale shark.