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Lawbreaker Feeds Sharks Just Because He Likes It

from the September, 2015 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

Randy Jordan from Jupiter, FL, hand-feeds sharks while freediving, despite a Florida law against it. "I'm just giving them a little bit of food," he said in an interview with CBS Miami. "Not too much. I don't want to get them too excited, too much of a frenzy."

Jordan carries a crate of fresh fish and then dives down to hand-feed the sharks, just because he likes it. He admits he has run into a few "surprising" situations. "A tiger shark one time kinda took me by the arm and dragged me over to the food crate because I wasn't paying her enough attention. I wasn't feeding her quick enough," he said. As Jordan feeds the sharks, he rubs their faces to "slow them down a bit and relax."

It's one thing to flaunt the law and take the risk alone, but Jordan foolishly takes paying freedivers with him, although he says he gives them some rules before they get into the water, such as, "Don't stand up. Try not to get excited. Try not to scare sharks ... You really have to make sure that food is not on you or stuck to you and wrapped on you."

Jordan has been fined nearly $3,000 by Florida, which has banned the feeding of sharks or any fish while diving in state waters since 2002, and he's on probation for a year, but he shrugs it off, saying he'll continue to do what he loves by doing it in spots three to four miles offshore in federal water.

Good luck, Randy. Let's see what comes first for you -- a shark bite or jail.

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