Talk about a close call…
Ben Chancey, owner of a fishing charter company called “Chew On This,” almost got himself chewed on while out fishing for grouper in Florida a few years back.
he and his team were out on the water that day to shoot some footage for their YouTube channel and were hoping to catch a few grouper, but when he hooked a big one, things started to go down hill in a hurry.
The goliath grouper was too strong for one man to keep a hold of while fishing from a small kayak and pulled the rod out of Ben’s hands. Fortunately, the fish spit out the bait and the rod was able to be recovered, but the thrashing on the water’s surface attracted a very unwelcomed visitor.
A large bull shark saw the leftover bait, thought it had found itself a free meal and hit it hard, Ben again doing his best to remain upright with a now even more powerful swimmer on the line. While he was able to hold onto the rod this time, the quick back and forth pattern of the shark had a much more devastating consequence, at least potentially.
The shark made a quick turn and swam under the boat. Ben was unable to swing the rod around fast enough and the kayak flipped, sending him into the very water the angry shark was swimming.
At first, he tries to climb back onto the overturned kayak but then realizes the boat is just a few feet away and swims over, a person aboard helping him to safety. You may think they would all just feel lucky enough to be alive and chalk it up as a lost cause, but this wasn’t the first time these guys had lost a pole to a large fish and had the rod secured to the boat with a rope.
Well, as any insane fisher would do, he hoped back into the kayak and eventually was able to pull the now exhausted bull shark to the surface.
Listen, I’m a fisher, I know how frustrating it is when you fight a big one and it gets away, but climbing back into the very same kayak that the very same fish just flipped you over in? That’s insane. Why not just bring it in from the boat where you have a bunch more hands to help out?
I’ll never understand it, but all’s well that ends well, I suppose.
My heart is still racing thinking of swimming with a pissed off bullshark…
Bull Shark Nearly Bites Spear Fisherman’s Foot Off In Australia
This is a fever dream.
Although spearfishing looks like it would be a good time, there’s something about the depths of the ocean, and the unknown that lurks below you that makes me a little timid.
Sometimes, I’d rather not know, because some of those creatures our teachers in elementary school showed us look absolutely mortifying. The ones living on the bottom of the ocean that like they’re from some sci-fi movie.
Of course, not to mention you have blood thirsty sharks that will absolutely rip you limb by limb if you pose a threat to them in any way, shape, or form. Or, just for the hell of it…
With that being said, my worst possible nightmare turned into a reality for this unlucky (Or lucky, depending on your perspective) spear fisherman in Lucinda, Queensland, Australia.
In the short clip, you can see the spear fisherman shooting at a fingermark that was sitting at the bottom.
Everything looked like it was going as planned, he retrieved the fish from the bottom and was headed back up when all of a sudden a bull shark swims up from out of nowhere, and rips the fin off the fisherman’s foot.
The unfortunate spear fisherman recalled the wild occurrence in the comments:
“I and one other diver jumped in, and my other mate stayed in the boat as a ‘boatie,’ which is a person who stays in the boat and drives around, keeping an eye out on the diver for this exact reason.
We did a first dive down to 15-17 meters deep and saw some decent sized coral trout and fingermark types of fish.
After a couple of dives, I shot a fingermark. The next dive, I went down for a look and saw it just sitting on the bottom. I took the easy shot and started to come up.
As I came up, this bull shark charged me. It came out of nowhere.”
However, it appears the fisherman was able to escape the frightening attack uninjured, but nevertheless, this is 1,000% nightmare fuel.
Check it out:
Hammerhead Gets The Best Of Blacktip In Wild Shark Fight
There’s a saying out there that’s as old as time itself:
“The more you f*ck around, the more you’re gonna find out.”
This goes for not only humans, but every creature on this planet.
And when it comes to sharks, this is the pure definition of this statement.
Here we have a Blacktip shark, taking on a much larger Hammerhead in Key West, Florida.
Now just for perspective, the average Blacktip shark is about five feet long, and the Hammerhead is around 15 to 18 feet.
In the footage, you can see the Blacktip biting down on the Hammerhead’s fin. However, the Hammerhead uses its much larger size to its advantage and ultimately takes care of the Blackfin.
Now according to the person videoing, the Hammerhead bit the Blacktip, and it was retaliating.
However, the Blacktip should’ve known it never had a chance to begin with.
The video was posted to Instagram by Kenaro Malcolm with a caption that reads:
“Yesterday me and Cam Sharp got a show of something truly amazing. Whiles looking for bonefish we saw a massive mud cloud in the distance with lots of splashing.
Taking up our lines and racing over we couldn’t believe our eyes. A Blacktip found itself holding on for dear life to the dorsal fin of a huge hammerhead attacking it.
At that point the Blacktip already had 2 large bite marks on the side of it and probably was a last ditch effort to fight off the predator.
As always be careful out there and tight lines.”
Check it out: