Saturday, August 24, 2013

Video: Baby Blacktip Shark Goes For a Toe Nibble...Twice

What's the worst thing that can happen to you when you try to feed a few baby blacktip sharks in shallow water?  A little fish decides to hide behind your foot...and the blacktip goes looking for it.

Baby blacktip nibbles at foot in Maldives
Here's a cute video of a guy standing in the crystal clear waters of the Maldives feeding some blacktip shark pups.  As we watch the guy move about in this tranquil setting, we begin to notice that the sharks appear to be growing a bit more excited with each hand toss of food.

As the guy moves about, we can also see that there are some little bait fish swimming about and they too appear to be drawing the attention of the hungry little shark babies.  At around the 0:43 mark, the idyllic setting takes a bit of a turn when one of the tiny bait fish decides it's time to take refuge behind the guy's foot. Good move for the bait fish, not so much for the guy being videotaped.

2nd baby blacktip goes for a toe nibble.  Maldives
As the shark pup shoots in on the guys right foot looking for the elusive bait fish, the guy quickly lifts his foot and takes a step back.  You can tell at this point he doesn't feel concerned but then a few seconds later, a second shark charges the same foot yet again.

This was more than enough for the star of the video and he quickly decides to exit the water.  But not all was lost, once his toes were safely buried in the safety of the sand, both he and his friend had a good laugh at the silliness of the situation.  I'm just glad he was nice enough to share the video on Youtube and allow all of us to join in on the the chuckle.

The video was posted by lérill and is 1:18.
Photos are screenshot from the video