Brave beach-goers rescued a stranded shark after it was dumped on the sand by a fisherman.
The six-foot-long thresher shark was left on the beach with a hook through its gums after being snared by a vessel in Dumaguete City, the Philippines, on December 24.
Local diver Nigg Arguila said he was with his family preparing to go swimming when he noticed the shark being unloaded. Nigg rushed over and used a pair of pliers to carefully unpick the metal hook from the distressed shark’s mouth before several people lifted it up and releasing it back into the sea.
He said: ‘We were just quietly swimming when we saw a fishing boat unloading what we thought was a big fish. But then I saw the tail and I got goosebumps, it was a Thresher shark. It was still alive, but obviously exhausted. People kept saying to wait for the police but in this situation, every second counts. I immediately jumped in and attempted to remove the hook.’
With the help of some locals, they removed the hook that was stuck in the shark’s mouth. The shark was taken back to the sea with the help of some divers in the area.
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