Spearfishing can be exhausting. Sure you are usually wearing flippers/fins but you are out there swimming around, often in heavy currents, and pulling against really strong fish. More often than not you don’t have a SCUBA tank and you need to constantly surface in order to breathe. This can become a massive pain when you have a powerful gamefish on the other end of your line that’s trying to swim down into the reef. It’s a hell of a workout.
Now, imagine being completely drained after fighting fish all day when out of nowhere an 8-foot reef shark swims at you at top speed and starts attacking. I’m SHOCKED that the water didn’t turn brown from this bro losing complete bowel control during the shark attack, and I’m impressed that he handled the dangerous situation like he did after being bitten. Here’s what the description of the YouTube video had to say about the injuries sustained:
He first bit my left fin then took a chunk out of the right one before biting my leg and cutting the speargun line. I assumed he was trying to steal the black grouper I was holding. But after I lost the grouper and watched it swim to the bottom, the shark kept coming at us! Justyn went back down for my gun and actually shoved it in the shark’s mouth like a badass!!!! The shark then took it straight to the bottom while we rushed back to the boat and safety. Always dive with a buddy and someone who is trained in first aid! I would not have made it back to the boat without the help of another strong swimmer and would have bled out had I not been patched up so well by Amanda. The shark tore through the skin, fat tissue, muscle, muscle sheath, and unfortunately my tibial artery which caused me to lose more than a liter of blood.
The shark first appears at the 14-second mark of the video, and this all went down while this group of bros were spearfishing in the Florida Keys last Sunday on the Middle Sambo Reef off Boca Chica Key. These reef sharks are plentiful in the Florida Keys but it’s pretty darn rare for them to charge a spearfisherman like that. I guess all bets are off when there is blood in the water after a fish has been shot. The shark sees an easy meal and that’s not something it is willing to pass by.