Incredible footage from Queensland, Australia, has captured glimpses into the life of a commercial lobster diver who hand feeds sharks and turtles.
Alex Powell-Thomas, a commercial lobster diver for nearly 11 years, captured the footage.
Alex spends 6 to 8 hours underwater and seems to have made a few friends while on his diving escapades.
Alex interacts with tiger sharks, shark rays and loggerhead sea turtles while diving for lobster.
“Shark rays are actually quite harmless, in fact they try to steal our fish bags while we’re diving.
Loggerheads on the other hand have learnt where we do our decompression diving – so they hang in that spot looking for a fee freed,” said Alex.
Alex describes getting into ‘many fights’ with the turtles while trying to protect his catch.
“They sometimes come in and barge you to try and steal your catch.”
Footage has also captured Alex hand feeding a 2 meter long tiger shark- but not before having a quick tug of war with the predator!
“Tiger sharks I usually see in one specific place- but generally they are always hanging around the boat.
Around 6 tiger sharks were swimming around the back of the boat – being quite friendly.
Because the water was quite calm and clear water I thought why not feed the sharks.”
Alex was careful to protect his hand by making sure it was behind the safety of the boat at all times.
“I’ve fed lots of little sharks before, but nothing as large as that one.”
After a short tug of war the shark can be seen swimming away with its prize.
Alex explains that sharks have been hanging around boats for decades and do not depend on humans for food.