After making headlines all over the Internet, the first human-shark high-five gets denied by science community as biologists explain it was all a misunderstanding. Joel Ibarra, the passionate diver, who was filmed while touching the shark was the first to deny the footage.
Joel Ibarra and other marine biologists have been studying the female shark for many months as the fish is pregnant and scientists want to pay close attention to her behavior. For that matter, Ibarra was closed in a cage and sent under water for three hours.
As the female white shark approached the cage, Ibarra noticed there was a side laceration on her body. The diver feared that the fish could get more injuries, if it drew closer to the iron cage as a result of its pointy sides.
As a consequence, he waited until the shark moved passed the cage and then reached out towards her to slightly direct her away from the cage. Ibarra touched the fin of the great white shark and managed to gently push her away from his cage. The moment was interpreted as the first human-shark high-five, but the science community denied it through an official declaration.
The diver was both praised and criticized for his courage and maybe reckless behavior. In people’s opinion, Ibarra risked too much when he got out of the cage to help the shark. Biologists, on the other hand, explained that Ibarra knew the behavior of the female shark very well and he was at no time in danger.
Marine experts will continue to investigate the conduct of the female shark. They have further stated that the fish was not at all irritated by the presence of the diver even though there were moments when the two got really close to one another.
Joel Ibarra will continue to study the shark as they want to determine the age of the female. In their opinion, the fish is approximately 50 years old based on her aspect and her size.
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