I touched a shark!

bamboo shark - Photo of a bamboo shark I touched
Philippines
March 18, 2011 6:05am CST
Yes,you read it right,I was able to touch a shark,yahu! I don't know why wild animals really fascinate me much! Actually,this happened 2 years ago and I just remember it now so I'm sharing it with you. I really wanted to go to an ocean park here in our country 'cause I heard there are sharks for us to see so me and my hubby went there and I'm really so excited that day! My over excitement leads me to danger,there was a little pond inside the park where starfish and some quite big fishes swim,I didn't even bothered to read the signs as I wanted to put my hands in the water. Well,I saw a foreigner who did that so I just followed,lol! I waved my hand in the water so the fish would come to me then I saw a quite big fish who looks like a janitor fish who immediately swim towards me,I got even more excited,I continued moving my hand in the water and when that fish is almost near my hands,I lifted up my hand and touch the back of that fish. It was so smooth and soft like a jelly,so exciting. Didn't notice that a staff saw me and scolded me that I did not follow their warnings,she said the fish that I touched was actually a shark,OMG! You know what,I was really so happy! I'm not even listening to what the staff is telling me because of the happiness and excitement that I felt,haha! It was a bamboo shark! It was really unforgettable! How about you my friend,have you had an animal attack experience?
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16 responses
• United States
18 Mar 11
Oh how very nice. I have never touch a shark but I have a baby girl and one day I will take her to Sea World where she can see the dolphins by then she will be bigger and enjoy it. Sounds like you had quite the experience. Very nice discussion friend and cute baby picture. Oh and I never had an animal attack, I am happy because I would be so scared. lol
• Philippines
18 Mar 11
Hello Marigiggles! Welcome here! Awww,that will make your baby so happy! I heard Sea World is a great place and educational too for kids! I would love to see dolphins too! My hubby works in a cruise ship and he's been telling about dolphins that are following their ship,he's so lucky to witness that! Lol,yes,it sure is scary to be attack by an animal so be very careful! Thanks for the compliment on my baby,many mylotters like that picture! Your avatar is your baby too?
• United States
18 Mar 11
Oh so nice you husband work on the ship maybe he can take pictures for your baby. This is my baby and I put it in the wallpaper with the flowers. Thank you for the welcome here. I will not be here too much because I work part-time and I go to school and I take care of the baby. So I really do not have too many days or free time but I will come once in while to discuss. I am not worry about the money because I know I do not have the time. Enjoy your day.
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• Philippines
18 Mar 11
You're baby is so adorable! I went to your profile to have a bigger view of the picture and she is so pretty,lucky mom! I understand your limited time online as we both are like it but I only stay at home. See you again Marigiggles! Happy mylotting!
@shibham (17019)
• India
18 Mar 11
Hi amiga... thats really a great experience for you. I can imagine. Yes, as i am associated with wildlife, hence i have faced many wild animals like buffalo, elephant, rhino, monkey etc. But nothing bad happened as we were trained to handle the situation. have a nice day.
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• Philippines
19 Mar 11
Hello amigo! Whoooaaa,am afraid of buffalo amigo,hehe! I've been seeing videos on tv buffalo attacking humans and it's really scary! You must be very good in interacting with animals my friend but I've heard of an incident that even a trained animal sometimes attack their trainor unexpectedly so be very careful amigo ok! See yah!
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@jaiho2009 (38988)
• Philippines
19 Mar 11
hey shiby, Thought you are working with some papers...but here it seems you work as zoo keeper,or i might say..safari trainee hehehe.
• Philippines
19 Mar 11
@jaiho.. @Vidh..that only means "friend" Vidh. Amigo is a friend who is a boy and amiga is a girl friend. Now you know my friend! It's a spanish word.
• Philippines
19 Mar 11
hello mtrguanlao, That is so exciting huh! I don't consider this as an attack when me and my friends went to the Zoo we had a picture taking with the burmese python and baby crocodile it was so exciting imagine that python on your neck and body . I want to touch a shark but i dont want me to be their meal . happy mylotting
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• Philippines
19 Mar 11
Hi bhabycatch! Wow,you did that,a snake on your neck? You beat me,lol! But I know burmese phyton is a tame snake,is that color yellow one? I'd love a big crocodile not a baby one,lol! That picture must be so great! Haha,you can touch a shark but only if it is still a baby,if it's big,we might already be a meal to them just like what you said,haha! See yah!
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@Cherish14 (2694)
• Philippines
18 Mar 11
hi there. oh dear! that really is something you can never forget. i cant even imagine myself doing that, i am so scared of big fishes and to think of it, a shark? no way, i will probably pass out because of being to nervous but that is very brave of you to put your hands in there, even though you didn't know it was a shark, but still it was a BIG fish
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• Philippines
19 Mar 11
Hi cherish! Oh yes,even though I didn't know that it is a shark it is still quite scary,lol! But it's not that real big dear,it's a baby shark,hehe! Well,it's still a shark,lol! See yah!
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@jaiho2009 (38988)
• Philippines
18 Mar 11
Wow,that's so exciting i guess. Yes,i've done such crazy thing too. It happened in Singapore zoo. I also didn't read the sign "never feed any animals" Singapore zoo,unlike here in our country that every animals are on cages. But in Singapore it's far different. There were animals ,not on caged. I was sitting on a bench when i saw a cute monkey,small one really that looks cute. As i am eating junk foods,i want that monkey to come closer (thinking it's not harmful coz it's a small one) the little monkey do come near and get the bit of junk food that i gave. Then,this little monkey run and climb back to the tree. I watched fascinated...little i realized that a bigger monkey is coming my way (oh my) Suddenly one of the zoo keeper approached me and took me away while scolding me. "don't you read the signs..never feed any animals...see what you've done?,you're almost in danger,didn't you think there's a lot of monkey around,and they will come to you..do you think what will happen then?" I just stare at the zookeeper with my eyes wide open,imagining what will happen if those monkeys will grabbed me and lift me to the tree
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• Philippines
19 Mar 11
Hi jaiho, Now i know why you are so attracted with monkey races especially Gorillas , you really have this magnetic attraction with their races love love love
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• Philippines
19 Mar 11
Hello jaiho! That's quite an experience! I wonder why they have to free the monkeys and they say it's dangerous,hmmm?!Good thing the staff was there and saw you 'cause if he wasn't there,the monkeys might have attacked you,oh my! You might be in the news if it happened,hehe! See yah and thanks for sharing your experince,a friend of mine was attacked by a monkey,he also responded here in my discussion.
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@jaiho2009 (38988)
• Philippines
19 Mar 11
hello again mtrguanlao , My experience never stopped with monkey (hahaha) After the scolding...i just smiled and proceed with my lazy feet,roaming around the zoo. Then,i was looking for a bench to sit and have some rest,can't find a vacant one. What i did is lean on one of the rock ,at least to relax . Suddenly the rock i was leaning on moved (aha) good thing it didn't moved fast. It only made a sudden slow movement as if saying "uhmnn,don't put all your weight on me" Hmnn...wait,i have to check on this rock why it moves. Okay...it's not a rock...it's a rhino D*mn,i look so stupid now (zookeeper is not around anyway) so i could laugh out loud (hahahaahahha) Singapore Safari is more exciting...you can see all the animals freely roaming around...even the wildest we could imagine ..lion,tigers,leopard,cheetah ...
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@voldrox (7200)
• India
19 Mar 11
Hello mtrguanlao, That was funny to read, hehe.. For some reason even i am fascinated by wild creatures and i like to have a look up close, lol. When ever we spot a snake on the road we actually run towards it to have a look, lol! Although i have to say i don't like snakes and don't want to touch them either but having a close precautious look at it is all that i want. I must have been exciting to touch that bamboo shark, i wonder if i could have been that patient enough to wait for any fish to approach me, hehe. Anyways, i hope i get to have some nice exciting experience as you. I have been to a wildlife reserve but we were unfortunate to have spotted a lion or elephant from close but i have to tell you the jeep ride across the slope was getting scary and exciting at the same time when we got to got to see fresh elephant foot prints and the slope is such that if any elephant arrives in our path we have absolutely no where to run, we were instructed to stay silent and shut off the engine and make no noise at all!!! And it was also exciting to have one night at the middle of a jungle and hour house was surrounded with a circular trench to prevent any elephant to come attack the rest house. Now obviously the lions could have jumped across it and come but the house was lifted up on as a platform with some wood and the stairs leading to the ground were supposed to be lock so the lions were unable to come after us, woo.. Just the thought of such things made us so excited despite having seen a wild life from close. It was such a nice trip. I hope to experience more with wild life and this beautiful nature.
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• Philippines
19 Mar 11
Hello voldrox! Lol,oh yes,if somebody spots a snake on the road,I will surely rush and take a look at it as I really wanted to see a moving snake,lol! I've seen snakes in the zoo but they are all still and asleep,grrrr! I wish to touch the snakes but they are inside a glass like an aquarium. Your story is amazing! I've seen those on tv,didn't actually know it can be done by civilians,I mean like you who are not trained for animals but of course you're accompanied by a trainor for sure! True enough,the thought of being attacked by a lion or an elephant is the most exciting experience in your trip,love it! See yah!
@AKRao24 (26963)
• India
19 Mar 11
Hi Dear mtrgualao! I am living on a Stud farm, which spreads across about 150 acres or even more! Here we have ample of wild life! For you my farm can be an ideal place to enjoy, to see and if wanted also to touch a live snakes in wild. We have many snakes on the farm. the common poisonous snakes what we get here are Kraits, Vipers and Cobras and we have many non poisonous snakes like keel backs, Rat snakes, Boas etc. Normally we don't disturb these snakes when we spot one as it is their natural habitat. But some tomes these snakes enter our house by gate crashing at that time we need to remove them out with the help of sticks! Once we have spotted viper in our kitchen and another time we located a Cobra near by Window AC in both the cases I had to remove these snakes with the help of sticks on which to leave them back to their wild habitat!It is a common thing to see snakes crawling on our lawn during the season that is during summers and also in rainy season! The snakes look very beautiful and move very fast and each snake is having its own way of movement! Thanks !
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• Philippines
21 Mar 11
Hi AKRao! Sorry for my delayed reply. Wow,what a great place you have! How I wish we're neighbors,lol! I don't know what I would do if I see a cobra inside my house,haha! Maybe I will jump,run and hide,lol! While hiding,I will look how it moves and take a video of it,wow! So that's a not new to all of you,in our place,if we spot a snake,many people will for sure stare at it,lol! Thank you for sharing your story AKRao!
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@AKRao24 (26963)
• India
19 Mar 11
Hi Dear mtrguanlo! You are becoming happy just by touching the Shark! Now I am not getting how to express my feelings as I have eaten a Shark! LOL! We have our ancestral house at a village which is situated few Kilometers away from the Sea. We get lot of sea food in the local market and during a particular time we get lot of baby sharks in the market and they are very delicious to eat. Since they are babies they have all cartilage in their body and this is very tasty. The hark babies which we get are about 2 to 3 kgs by weight.Of Course Some are bit smaller too! This is one of the commonly eaten fish here locally during the season! Now it is your turn how should I express myself ? I mean with which sort of emotion? Thanks for the discussion!
@voldrox (7200)
• India
21 Mar 11
Hello both of you. :) Wow, some farm you have got there Ak rao. I have to say it's actually pretty scary when a poisonous snake comes inside your house, because it is most probably going to bite you as it gets no space to run. It must be a difficult to remove such snakes with the help of sticks! ? Wow, i sure would need some guts for doing the same. You really need to be careful, take care!
@stanley777 (7257)
• Philippines
28 May 11
I never experienced and animal attack, fortunately.. You're lucky that shark didn't bite you. But that is quite an exciting experience- but you should be more careful next time.
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• Philippines
28 May 11
Hi stanley! Haha,yes it was quite an exciting experience for me! Never thought I could actually touch a shark,haha! But don't worry,I'll be more careful next time,hehe! Thanks for the precaution. See yah!
@jazel_juan (15752)
• Philippines
19 Mar 11
hahaha i was able to visit ocean park and i saw those star fish and sharks you were talking about hahah but i did not dare put myhand inside hahahaha! i was scared even to go near the aquarium were several sharks, big ones were swimming. But it was nice seeing them upclose.
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• Philippines
19 Mar 11
Hello jazel! Happy to know you've been there too! Haha,yes it's with the starfishes! I touched the starfish too and it's rough,lol! It looks like they have many warts in them,hehe! I have a picture of the sharks near the aquarium,am sure you saw the guitar shark too whose always jumping above the water,I was hoping to touch it too but I'm afraid I might fall in the aquarium,haha! Oh no! See yah jazel!
@cream97 (29151)
• United States
19 Mar 11
Hi. mtrguanlao. I have never touched an shark before. I think that I would be really scared to stick my hands in any water where fish is located at. I am glad that you had a wonderful moment here. And I can see that it did not scare you at all.
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• Philippines
19 Mar 11
Hello cream! Oh yes dear,I don't know why sharks really fascinates me a lot! If only I can have a pet shark,lol! That'a an experience I will really not forget! See yah!
• India
19 Mar 11
Just u touched the shark not to take the shark hmmmmm just touch the shark next time dont touch the shark because there are dangerous. But most of the species the white shark is the dangerous one and also a tiger shark these are very dangerous shark. These shark's can eat man easily.dont touch the shark its very dangerous.
• Philippines
19 Mar 11
Hi there! Love your avatar dear,I love panda especially the movie Kungfu Panda,hehe! Oh yes,tiger sharks and the white sharks are the most dangerous sharks! Well,I didn't really know that it is a shark at first as I did not bother to look at the warning signs,lol! But it was an awesome experinece! Maybe next time I wont do it,hehe! See yah!
@mermaidivy (15403)
• United States
18 Mar 11
I like wild animals! I am always excited to see if I could see a deer in my yard but I have never seen. I would like to touch them but I doubt it is a good idea to touch wild animals though because they might attack us. The animals at the zoo would be a different animal where trainers are there and watch you to be with the animals.
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• Philippines
19 Mar 11
Hi mermaidivy! Wow,you reminded me of my friend who took a picture of a deer in his backyard while it is eating his plants. I no longer see him here,sigh! I believe animals in the zoo are still quite wild as I've been hearing news about animals attacking humans. We just really have to be very careful,hehe,am saying this? Lol! See yah!
• United States
18 Mar 11
Hello my sweet friend. You did what?? Oh my gosh you could have lost a whole arm or pulled in. Although exciting, if anything like me afterward I would be like oh my gosh what did I do. It does sound like it was exciting to be able to feel them. I have not been that upfront and close to any sharks. Whoosh thank goodness. But I have been in waters with dolphins on a trip to Eureka Springs Arkansas. Their skin is so soft but yet really tough. Although these are trained I was still a bit afraid lol
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• Philippines
19 Mar 11
Hello my dear friend! Lol,that's exactly what my hubby said to me friend,I was telling him he should have taken a video when I did that but he jokingly said oh yes,then the shark might have bitten you and you might have lost your hand and it was all taken in video,I just laughed at him and thought,oh my,what have I done,lol! But I was really so happy that time my friend,can't explain the joy I felt that time,I even told all of my friends about it,haha! Wow,you were with dolphins? I would love to do it but I don't know how to swim,lol! Honestly,haven't seen a dolphin in person yet,my hubby is so lucky to see dolphins following their cruise ship and it's really fun, he says! I guess dolphins are really tame,haven't heard of dolphins attacking humans. That's an awesome experience my friend! See yah!
@garson (884)
• United States
28 Mar 11
How big is that shark? G.
• Philippines
3 Apr 11
Hi garson! Sorry for my delayed reply,had a vacation here,hehe! Actually,it's not big enough to scare a person but it is still a shark,lol! As to my calculation,it is 1 and half feet long and not that fat. See yah!
@katie0 (5208)
• Japan
19 Mar 11
Wow, weren't you afraid?? I would be terrified, that's because of the 80's movie jaws...lol, that movie just traumatized all of us. I had a friend that never went into beach growing up can you believe in that??
• India
18 Mar 11
i dont believe it until i see the video of it.its a amazing thing so even for your self you might have shoot a video.nice joke.ha
• Philippines
19 Mar 11
Hello bhjayalaxmi! Welcome to mylot! I was telling my husband that he should have taken a video of it when I was touching the shark,lol! It really is an awesome experience and one that is really unforgettable,hehe! Happy mylotting!