YouTube The short clip of me getting attacked by a 7-8ft reef shark. We were spearfishing near Middle Sambo reef off Boca Chica in the Keys on Sunday when this shark came out of nowhere. He first went at my dive buddy Justyn but immediately turned toward me. 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 sharks 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. This clearly could have been much worse! Happy to still have my leg even with a piece missing! And we even got my Koah speargun back!!!
This video once again just how dangerous spearfishing is, after you spears a fish, the blood in the water and writhing fish instantly trigger a predatory response for every shark nearby who immediately investigate as they look for a free meal. In this scenario, a spearfisherman had just killed a black grouper off of the Florida Keys, when an eight-foot-long reef shark appeared to investigate the situation. The shark, riled up by the blood in the water and in feeding mode, charged the spearfishermen and took a chunk out of one of their legs. The shark attack severed the spearfisherman’s tibial artery and also immobilized him, so he would have bled out, of not for the assistance of his friends. Reef sharks are normally thought of as relatively harmless to humans, but when their is blood and a dying fish in the water, that all changes. We see a lot of spearfishing horror stories, such as this man surviving a spear getting shot clean through his head, or this spearfisherman who caught on camera the moment he was attacked by a bull shark off the Australian coast. Our advice, if you go fishing, do it from a boat or the shore. Definitely do not jump into the water and then rile up the predators on their natural habitat.