YouTube This video was captured by a man named Zach Spurlock, who was spearfishing for lionfish off the coast of Port Canaveral, Florida where his catch was to be served at a local seafood restaurant, when a great white shark came in to investigate. Here is what Spurlock said of the incident:
This was filmed on my 3rd dive of the day in while out shooting Lionfish for Grills Seafood. I was in 90ft approx. 25 miles SE of Port Canaveral. When I first saw the shark it was on bottom and slowly swimming south. I then see it pass by headed North a minute later. It swims by a third time and after it swam out of sight I decide its to head up to get the GoPro. My friend tosses me the GoPro and as I proceed to make my way back the jug on the surface the shark makes a surprise appearance behind me. I would have never seen the shark behind me if it wasn’t for my friends yelling at me to turn around! The water was crystal clear for here so its amazing to me how incredible these large creatures are at staying in your blind spot. Sorry for the video quality, was holding on a gun, pole spear and bag with lionfishfins poking through and trying not to drop anything!
The great white shark likely smelled the blood in the water from Zach Spurlock’s fresh kills and came in to investigate, which serves as another reminder that spearfishing is extremely dangerous, because sharks are interested in writhing fish and blood in the water. If that massive great white shark was really interested in the dead fish that Zach Spurlock was transporting, he would have taken the bag and likely Spurlock’s leg with it, and there is nothing that his small spear could have done to protect him from the large shark.
P.S. We here at SportSmasher.com are obsessed with sharks, and think that it will be a very active year for sharks, because it seems as though we are regularly blogging shark and shark attack stories. Careful in the water this summer: