A diver who risks hands - and perhaps more - to save sharks is taking dedication to helping animals to another level. Diving off the coast of Florida, Randy Jordan and his crew take shark rescues into their own hands - quite literally.
Jordan, who is captain and owner of Emerald Charters in Jupiter, told The Dodo that it's not uncommon to see sharks with hooks in their mouths (in the video below, Jordan is the diver who moves the shark so the other diver can remove the hook).
"I've been around sharks for quite some time, and I noticed that so many of them have hooks that are interfering with their ability to eat," he said. "That kind of bothered me. About 70 percent of the sharks I see have hooks in them."
After consulting with scientists, Jordan realized that he could easily and safely put a shark into a state of "tonic immobility," a state of hypnosis induced by a serotonin release in the animal's brain. Then, another diver can remove the hook - in this case it was fellow diver Cameron Nimmo.
Jordan said that he's performed the rescue act on several sharks now. See Jordan in action in this video: