Claim: A shark developed an affection for the fisherman who saved her life.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, January 2008]
The French Magazine “Le magazine des voyages de pêche” in its
Arnold Pointer a professional fisherman from south of Australia set free from a certain death a big female White Shark that was caught in his fishing nets. Now the fisherman has a problem: He says: “It’s been
It is hard to get rid of an almost 17 feet long shark since the White Sharks are protected by the wildlife conservation, but a mutual affection established between Arnold and “Cindy”. Arnold says: “Once I stop the boat she comes to me, she turns on her back and let me pet her belly and neck, she grunts, turn her eyes, and move her fins up and down hitting the water
Origins: The improbable tale of “Cindy,” a female shark who developed a “mutual affection” with an Australian fisherman named Arnold Pointer after the latter saved her life by freeing her from a fishing net, is outlined in a PowerPoint presentation that has circulated widely via
The images used to illustrate the PowerPoint presentation originated with a pair of marine biologists who specialize in sharks, Michael Scholl and Thomas Peschak. The pictures were plucked from collections of photos taken in a variety of contexts (none of which has anything to do with a shark’s being freed from a
fishing net by an Australian fisherman), and they do not all depict the same shark.
One of the images used several times in the presentation is a photograph of a shark trailing a kayaker that accompanied Scholl and Peschak’s
Last updated: 23 September 2013
Bos, Thessa and Andy Brandy Casagrande IV. “Sharky Shores.” The Big Issue. December 2005. Peschak, Thomas P. and Michael C. Scholl. “Shark Detectives.” Africa Geographic. September 2005.