Dive Expert says Shark-Patting Plan has Major Flaws

By Damian Bathersby

Tony Isaacson’s plans for interactive shark dives could struggle to find support, even in the industry which he believes would benefit most.

While Philip Hart, owner of Sunreef Mooloolaba, agrees that sharks can be conditioned to interact with people, he says that is a long way from them being cute and cuddly.

“I’m not sure we would want to encourage sharks to come close to shore on major swimming beaches,” he says. “Their noses are sensitive areas and when they are patted in that area they are like a puppy. But six inches away from their noses are some pretty impressive teeth.”

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