Dr. Becker's Comments:
Isn’t it amazing the lengths humans will go to to make life better for fellow inhabitants of the planet?
Witnessing acts of kindness like the one in the video is heartwarming.
Now, that’s not to say everyone who encounters a shark in distress should try to intervene! But the diver who removed the ring from the shark in the video also happens to be a veterinarian, which may have made him confident he could help the shark without putting himself in unnecessary danger.
As the CBS interviewer and divers point out, the shark in the video is a nurse shark.
That’s quite a benign sounding name for a species of shark with strong jaws filled with thousands of small, serrated teeth. Actually, nurse sharks are among the most docile creatures in the sea, but are known to bite when provoked.
I'm a certified SCUBA diver, and having a deep appreciation for marine life myself would have been motivated to do the exact same thing, all the while hoping the shark would understand my intentions and not wish to turn on me. I feel it is our responsibility to right the wrongs we create on this Earth whenever and however possible.
That's pretty cool!! It's pretty sad although to see wildlife affected by mans garbage (or toys) this way.