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Playful lemon shark gets some love from scuba diver

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Ben Hooper
A friendly lemon shark gets a rub from a scuba diver in Jupiter, Fla. Screenshot: Shark Addicts/YouTube
A friendly lemon shark gets a rub from a scuba diver in Jupiter, Fla. Screenshot: Shark Addicts/YouTube

JUPITER, Fla., May 3 (UPI) -- A Florida scuba diver captured video of another diver getting some "love" from a friendly 8-foot lemon shark named Blondie.

The "Shark Love" video, posted to YouTube by user Shark Addicts, shows the 200-pound shark allowing the scuba diver to rub her face affectionately for about a minute.

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The filmer, scuba diver Mickey Smith, said the shark is named "Blondie" and is well known to the crew of Emerald Charters in Jupiter.

Smith said Blondie has had frequent similar interactions with fellow diver Cameron Nimmo and Capt. Randy Jordan, owner of the charter company.

"This does not injure the shark in any way, she's an 8 foot, 200 lb lemon shark we can't make her do anything she doesn't want to do," Smith wrote in the video's description.

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