Look, Australia, we get it. You throw far better parties than we do. It’s fine. You can stop jumping on sharks now.
What is it with recent stories from Down Under, in which humans interfere with sea creatures in such odd ways?
This time, it’s a hammerhead, which can grow up to 20 feet and weigh up to 1,000 pounds. And guess what? They are known to be aggressive with people.
And in this creatively video, a hammerhead is hooked and ascends majestically from the depths, its silver skin shining in the harsh light from the boat.
Then an Australian guy jumps on it.
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Look, we get it. Shark riding may seem cool. And honestly, being that hammerheads are solid missiles of carnivorous muscle and teeth, you’re probably not going to hurt the shark much.
That’s not an excuse to try this at home, by the way.
But you know what? It’s not even the teeth we’re worried about. A shark’s skin is made of tiny, razor-sharp scales, and feels like particularly course sandpaper. In fact, direct contact can cause rashes, chafing and small lacerations. Here’s a picture of shark skin upclose:
Would you jump at that crotch-first? Not us, thanks.