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Friendly Dog Runs Into The Ocean To Say Hello To A Shark

<p><a href="https://youtu.be/13jWF52IRlU">YouTube/Donna Kowald</a><span></span></p>

Leave it a dog to demonstrate the proper way to regard a scary-looking animal.

YouTube/Donna Kowald

While out for a walk along a beach in Western Australia recently, this friendly pup named Koda had a completely drama-free encounter with a large shark swimming near shore. Rather than run to dry land for safety, as some skittish humans might, the dog instead bounded out into the surf as if to greet the curious creature passing by while keeping a safe distance.

Koda's owner, Donna Kowald, captured the scene on film, revealing in the process that she might have touch of selachophobia - "an unreasonable fear or dislike of sharks."

While some species of sharks can pose a danger to swimmers, fears surrounding these animals are largely overblown with fatal attacks actually being exceedingly rare.

Human beings, on the other hand, have been some pretty awful ambassadors to sharks, killing an estimated 100 million of them per year. Fortunately, there are others from the terrestrial realm, like Koda, who are happy to show just how welcoming some folks on dry land can really be.