Sunday, February 9, 2014

Video: Spearfishermen Have Close Encounter with Tiger Shark in Australia

Spearfishermen fend off tiger shark in Australia
This video was recently posted on Youtube and shows two spearfishermen having to fend off a tiger shark with their speargun.

Unfortunately, the video description lacked a lot of detail but it notes that it was shot at the Coral Sea in Australia. The poster adds that the spearfishermen "experienced a terrifying and exciting encounter with a tiger shark."
The 'terrifying' aspect is quite evident at the 26 second mark when one of the spearfisherman surfaces and screams at the boat to come to pick them up.

The video does a good job of showing how spearfishermen always have to keep up their guard while fishing. Their activities will naturally draw the attention of any sharks that are nearby and they need to be prepared to react.

Spearfishermen who keep speared fish attached to their body will increase the attention level brought upon themselves from sharks and in turn, increase the danger level.  A common practice with some spearfishermen is to have rigs set up which allows them to send up their speared fish to a floating buoy thus avoiding having the bleeding fish anywhere in their vicinity.

The video was posted by JukinVideo and is 1:40 in length.
Photo is a video screenshot.