WATCH: South Texas man tames tiger sharks in the Caribbean

A South Texas wildlife enthusiast has become known for swimming with and taming tiger sharks in the Bahamas.

Video of a South Texas man taming sharks in the ocean is making rounds on the internet.

When Eli Martinez isn’t swimming with sharks, he’s patiently chasing other predators.

“Today, we’re after this bobcat,” said Martinez, who’s spotted the same bobcat at the Bentsen State Park in Mission three times in his last 30 or trips. “It’s not every day that we get to see him. With wildlife, it’s just hurry up and wait.”

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On freaking fire!!! This morning we went out looking for our bobcat. The goal was to capture a successful hunt and I am happy to report we freaking got it! This was a moment I have been waiting for. We have been sitting at this blind for four months waiting for a moment like that and we finally captured it. It's not a perfect photo (a little soft), but we will continue stalking the cat till the season ends in April. Such an exciting morning for me and my @sophiac_photography #wildlifephotography #sdmdiving #wildcats #predator #predators #riograndevalley #rgvwildlife #riograndevalleywildlife #rgv #texaswildlife #hunting #predation #patienceisavirtue

ApostsharedbyEliMartinez(@sdmdiving)onFeb28,2018at9:06amPST

Patienceisavirtuethat’spaidforMartinez.VideosofhimtamingtigersharksintheBahamashavebeenwatchedthousandsoftimesonline.

Swimming with sharks is the 47-year-old’s favorite thing to do. The first time he ever did it was 20 years ago when he discovered that there’s more to these animals than meets the eye.

On freaking fire!!! This morning we went out looking for our bobcat. The goal was to capture a successful hunt and I am happy to report we freaking got it! This was a moment I have been waiting for. We have been sitting at this blind for four months waiting for a moment like that and we finally captured it. It's not a perfect photo (a little soft), but we will continue stalking the cat till the season ends in April. Such an exciting morning for me and my @sophiac_photography #wildlifephotography #sdmdiving #wildcats #predator #predators #riograndevalley #rgvwildlife #riograndevalleywildlife #rgv #texaswildlife #hunting #predation #patienceisavirtue

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ApostsharedbyEliMartinez(@sdmdiving)onFeb28,2018at9:06amPST

“Once I put the camera down and started playing with these animals, you know, it’s when I found out everything that we thought we knew about sharks is wrong,” Martinez recalled.

Martinez says that he’s not trying to defy the animals, but rather understand them.

“It’s not fear, it’s respect,” he said.

Through his own magazine, online blogs, and excursions, he is out to prove to the world that predators in the wild are misunderstood; including the bobcat.

On freaking fire!!! This morning we went out looking for our bobcat. The goal was to capture a successful hunt and I am happy to report we freaking got it! This was a moment I have been waiting for. We have been sitting at this blind for four months waiting for a moment like that and we finally captured it. It's not a perfect photo (a little soft), but we will continue stalking the cat till the season ends in April. Such an exciting morning for me and my @sophiac_photography #wildlifephotography #sdmdiving #wildcats #predator #predators #riograndevalley #rgvwildlife #riograndevalleywildlife #rgv #texaswildlife #hunting #predation #patienceisavirtue

ApostsharedbyEliMartinez(@sdmdiving)onFeb28,2018at9:06amPST

“Thisanimalwantsnothingtodowithus.Imean,mostofthetimewhenitseesaperson,theyrun,theyscatter,theytakeoffandtheyhide.It’sthesamethingwithsharks,”heexplained.

If there’s anyone he wants to make sure understands his message, it’s his children.

“When you bring them out here and you see that they enjoy it as much as you do or even more, there’s no greater thing in the world. I love it,” Martinez said.

On freaking fire!!! This morning we went out looking for our bobcat. The goal was to capture a successful hunt and I am happy to report we freaking got it! This was a moment I have been waiting for. We have been sitting at this blind for four months waiting for a moment like that and we finally captured it. It's not a perfect photo (a little soft), but we will continue stalking the cat till the season ends in April. Such an exciting morning for me and my @sophiac_photography #wildlifephotography #sdmdiving #wildcats #predator #predators #riograndevalley #rgvwildlife #riograndevalleywildlife #rgv #texaswildlife #hunting #predation #patienceisavirtue

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ApostsharedbyEliMartinez(@sdmdiving)onFeb28,2018at9:06amPST

Martinez says that he’s never been attacked by the animals that he observes. He says that he’ll dive with the sharks again in March.