Diver Hand Feeds Gentle Tiger Shark a Fish in Incredible Footage: 'Each Shark Has a Different Personality'

Spectacular video footage has emerged online of a diver hand-feeding a large tiger shark in the waters around the Bahamas.

Underwater photographer and videographer Szilard Janko captured the clip of the diver, Dante Weston, near Grand Bahama Island on January 16, Storyful reported.

In the clip, Weston can be seen holding a metal container, which he reaches into and takes out a piece of fish, as the tiger shark approaches him.

When the shark is almost next to him, Weston holds the piece of fish near the animal's mouth for a few moments, before allowing it to take the snack.

"Each shark has a different personality, this one very gently takes the fish out of the hand and then is gently redirected to swim away," Janko told Storyful.

"These sharks are not the vicious man eaters that Hollywood movies make them seem, but at the same time we have to remember that they are wild animals while free diving with them."

Tiger sharks—scientific name Galeocerda cuvier—are found around the world in tropical to temperate latitudes, according non-profit ocean conservation organization Oceana. They are named after their distinctive gray striped pattern on the sides of their bodies. Normally they tend to roam shallow coastal waters, however they do sometimes make their way into the open ocean when traveling between landmasses.

Tiger sharks can grow up to 18 feet in length and weigh 2,000 pounds, making it the second largest predatory shark in the world—behind great whites—and the fourth largest overall, according to Oceana.

The sharks are considered to be "aggressive predators" and are known for eating a huge variety of animals, including other sharks, fish, seabirds, dolphins, sea turtles, rays, sea snakes and crustaceans.

They are also often found to have ingested debris and trash, such as plastic waste and fishing gear.

According to the International Shark Attack File (ISAF,) tiger sharks make up one of the "Big Three" species when it comes to attacking humans. The other two are bull sharks and great whites.

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Stock photo: A tiger shark in the waters off Grand Bahama, The Bahamas. iStock

"[The Big Three] are large species that are capable of inflicting serious injuries to a victim, are commonly found in areas where humans enter the water, and have teeth designed to shear rather than hold," ISAF said.

The chances of being attacked by any shark—including a tiger shark—are still extremely small. In 2019, there were 64 unprovoked shark attacks on humans and 41 provoked attacks, according to ISAF's Yearly Worldwide Shark Attack Summary.

"The total number of unprovoked shark attacks worldwide is extremely low, given the number of people participating in aquatic recreation each year," it said. "Fatality rates have declined for decades, reflecting advances in beach safety, medical treatment, and public awareness. This underscores the importance of global efforts to improve ocean rescue, medical care, and shark education."