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My daughter asked me to post this idea for her.
Several years ago we saw a program on Gator rasslin.
It turns out that an evolutionary reflex has made it so that these large lizards can't shut their mouths when their snouts and inner mouths are manipulated in a certain fashion. They are stuck in lock-jaw and you can then safely sit on them or
put your head in their mouths or shove your arm down their gullet... (hey, whatever your fetish is, I'm not judging). [link]1
When I explained to her why the man could put his head in its mouth she asked me then if sharks had that same reflex.
Much spare-time research and several emails have gone into finding an answer for her but no luck yet.
Seems there are safer fields of study to choose from and no one has drawn that short straw yet.
The other day I came across a video [link]2 showing a man shoving on the nose of a surfacing shark and the reflex looked very familiar to the reptilian one.
It should be possible to rig up a shark in captivity with harness containing a robotic arm which can be manipulated safely to explore a sharks biting reflex stimuli and figure out if we can put them into a state of temporary lockjaw as well.
Since sharks can not stop swimming, they should not become completely paralyzed like the lizards and my daughter thinks that we would be able to safely ride them.
Taking this a step further, maybe Pavlov's tricks could work on dog-fish too. If the sharks were conditioned to a tone before each snout manipulation it may be possible to train them.
Put...put your head in there.
Best from the 1:00 mark on. [2 fries shy of a happy meal, Mar 27 2014]
Pet the shark.
PET HIM! [2 fries shy of a happy meal, Mar 27 2014]
Not the sharpest bulbs on the tree [doctorremulac3, Mar 27 2014]
She might be on to something with this one...
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Feb 21 2015]
Who's a goodboy?
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Mar 31 2015]
I want to see this tried on a great white shark.
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jan 24 2017]
Such a drag.
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Aug 10 2017]
||Here's the preferred way to rig a shark for riding:
||You attach a muzzle to the animal that has a feeding
tube running through it. On a regular basis you inject
ground shark chow to keep the animal happy and fed.
It of course allows for the free passage of water over
the shark's gills so it can breathe.
The muzzle keeps the shark from killing you, at
least with it's teeth, and gives you something to
attache your steering
reigns to so you can control which way the animal
||That's it. Jump on and ride-em shark-girl.
||That being said, you shouldn't ride sharks no matter
what you've attached to their heads. And don't waste
your time trying to train them. Let's just say if they
went to school, they'd definitely take the short bus.
||Many years ago there was a surf fisherman in Namibia who would ride any sharks he caught out to the backline, and let them escape there. After the trauma of being caught and being ridden, I suppose they weren't up to revenge.
||So, "jumping the shark" is something that is going to
come into fashion?
||Re. the alligator video in link 1 - I note the absence
of a similar video filmed the next day.
||^ The Director unfortunately yelled "CUT" at the wrong
||your new link's broke, 2fries
It showed an aquarium diver holding a sharks nose and giving it a belly rub. The shark seemed sort of paralyzed until it stopped.
||These guys have it on lock-down. [link]