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Through the touch of its nose with the hand, the Great White Shark opens its mouth.

"On one occasion when Andre Hartman was in the near vicinity of Dyer Island and Geyser Rock and had anchored about six miles off the coast of Gansbaai in South Africa, a white shark came up immediately to his boat. However he wasn’t interested in the fish bait, but wanted to bite the outboard motor. Andre Hartman stroked him on the nose and tried to push him away carefully. In doing so he made an unusual discovery: the white shark came out of the water further, laid his head back and opened his mouth. As if in slow motion he poised for a moment, then returned to his own element again. By coincidence Andre Hartman discovered how the white shark reacts when he is touched in this sensitive area. Naturally the film crew, photographers and tourists were completely enraptured and of course the other Shark Tour Operators immediately copied this. But none of them reached the perfection of Andre Hartman. Today these open-mouth activities are forbidden – quite rightly so. The white shark is not familiar with this from nature. He is being put on show, that is just like a circus trick. “



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Carcharodon carcharias
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species


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Touching the nose of a Great White Shark
Touching the nose of a Great White Shark

Great White shark - jaws wide open
Great White shark - jaws wide open

Touching the nose of a Great White Shark
Touching the nose of a Great White Shark

The Great White shark shows its teeth
The Great White shark shows its teeth

The teeth of the Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias)
The teeth of the Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias)

White Shark can roll the eyes back into their head to protect them
White Shark can roll the eyes back into their head to protect them

The hand at the mouth of the Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias)
The hand at the mouth of the Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias)

Wide open mouth of the White Shark
Wide open mouth of the White Shark

Great White Shark turing its eye backwards
Great White Shark turing its eye backwards

Great White Shark attacks outboard motor
Great White Shark attacks outboard motor

Great White Shark - Hand contact with the shark nose
Great White Shark - Hand contact with the shark nose

Slashing jaws - Michael Rutzen in action
Slashing jaws - Michael Rutzen in action

The Great White Shark opening its mouth
The Great White Shark opening its mouth

The Great White Shark shows its teeth
The Great White Shark shows its teeth

Hand contact with the great white shark nose
Hand contact with the great white shark nose

Great White Shark at the outboard motor
Great White Shark at the outboard motor

Touching the nose of the Great White Shark with the hand
Touching the nose of the Great White Shark with the hand

Great White shark - jaws wide open
Great White shark - jaws wide open

Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias)
Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias)

Great White shark - jaws wide open
Great White shark - jaws wide open

Andre Hartman touches the snout of the Great White Shark
Andre Hartman touches the snout of the Great White Shark

Touching the shark nose
Touching the shark nose

Great White shark (Carcharodon carcharias)
Great White shark (Carcharodon carcharias)

The mouth of the Great White Shark: a deadly weapon
The mouth of the Great White Shark: a deadly weapon

Touching the nose of a Great White Shark
Touching the nose of a Great White Shark

Great White shark (Carcharodon carcharias)
Great White shark (Carcharodon carcharias)

An intriguing look inside the mouth of the Great White Shark
An intriguing look inside the mouth of the Great White Shark

Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias)
Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias)

Touching the nose of a Great White Shark
Touching the nose of a Great White Shark

Touching theof a Great White Shark
Touching theof a Great White Shark

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