This 2016 video says about itself:
“Love” and “affection” are terms not commonly used to describe encounters with large sharks, but they’re used repeatedly by Jim Abernethy to narrate his recent get-together with a large tiger shark known as Tarantino. The special reunion at Tiger Beach in the Bahamas was videotaped and footage shows Tarantino swimming into the arms of Abernethy, and seeming to crave his caresses much like an affectionate dog craves those of its owner after a prolonged absence. As Abernethy and the shark are swept down current, he returns to the camera and Tarantino follows, again swimming into his arms. This happens twice in the footage.
“I could tell she had missed it”, Abernethy says of an apex predator he refers to as an “old friend.”
To be sure, Tiger Beach is a special place, known as a destination where close encounters can be enjoyed in what many consider to be a relatively safe environment.
The predators are fed during commercial dive operations, and many distinctive sharks have been given names. Veteran divers such as Abernethy, who runs Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures, claim to have developed special relationships with some of those sharks.
Though there are bound to be critics of people “tempting fate” with such close interactions, Abernethy, who was once bitten by a lemon shark, was hoping his footage would send a message. “I wish there was some way that I could get the world to see what these beautiful creatures are really like”, he says, “so we could end the needless slaughter and keep our oceans healthy, not only for them but for our own existence on the planet.”
From daily The Independent in Britain today:
Trump thinks all sharks should die, according to Stormy Daniels
The interview contained explicit details of the so-called affair, which reportedly began in 2006.
In one extract, she recalls having dinner with Trump in his room – and watching a shark documentary. She said:
“… He is obsessed with sharks. Terrified of sharks. He was like, ‘I donate to all these charities and I would never donate to any charity that helps sharks. I hope all the sharks die.’ He was like riveted. He was like obsessed. It’s so strange, I know.”
… His fixation with sharks however, has been well documented.
Trump’s obsession with sharks is reminiscent of the fictional character Captain Hook‘s obsession with crocodiles.
Maybe a good idea to take cardboard sharks to the next anti-Trump demonstration?