Shark Whisperer: Cristina Zenato Rubs Ampullae of Lorenzini of Caribbean Shark (Video)

By on Oct 22, 2011 in Amazing, Animals Comments

Shark whisperer Italian diver Cristina Zenato was able to control a Caribbean reef shark by rubbing its ampullae of Lorenzini, according to reports by several international news sites on Tuesday, October 18, 2011.

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Scuba diver holds shark
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Zenato was able to put one of the world’s deadliest animals into a trance through its ampullae of Lorenzini, the pores around the shark’s nose and mouth. These pores serves as an electroreceptors so that sharks can detect the location of its prey. Sharks reportedly experiences natural paralysis for about 15 minutes when its ampullae of Lorenzini is rubbed.

The technique used by Zenato is being used to administer injured sharks, remove parasites and teach other divers.

Below is an uploaded YouTube video by Elenasalim entitled Tonic Immobility on Reef Sharks by Cristina Zenato.

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