Tarpon feeding by hand in the Florida Keys

Just under the surface of the waters off Islamorada awaits a hungry beast.

“You don’t use a pole or a hook for this,” explains fourth-grader Ava Stamper.

Rather, you use your hands.

“Down, down, down…” shouts father Dave Bull, from England, as he encourages his son to get close.

“Just do it,” Bull adds, as his son leaps and swears while our camera rolls.

“Don’t swear. You’re on the telly,” Bull tells his son, laughing.

Yes, yes you are. Just off the Overseas Highway in Islamorada is a natural phenomenon of sorts. For decades, tourists from around the world have visited Robbie’s Marina in the Florida Keys to feed tarpon by hand.

“It’s the only way to feed them,” Bull says. “You got to do it and touch — if you’re brave enough.”

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