A jaw-dropping video has emerged on social media, revealing a terrifying encounter between a fearless fisherman and a relentless shark.
According to the National Park Service, the nightmarish encounter unfolded when a visitor to Florida’s Everglades National Park decided to wash his hands in the waters of Florida Bay. Little did he know that this would unleash a chain of events that would test his bravery. The man was bitten by a predator lurking beneath the surface, instantly transforming his peaceful fishing trip into a terrifying struggle.
Florida Man Bitten By Shark, Pulled Into Water In The Everglades
Footage captured by an onlooker and later published by WPLG-TV of Miami shows the moments leading up to the attack. The video shows with the fisherman, clad in a sweatshirt and shorts, leaning over the edge of a boat to dip his hands in the water.
As seen in the video shared to the YouTube channel Tampa Bay, a voice ominously warns him, “I wouldn’t put your hands in there.” Ignoring the ominous advice, the man, seemingly amused, dismisses the warning, declaring, “Two seconds, it won’t do anything.”
As the man defiantly immerses his hands in the water, the shark latches onto the man’s right hand, triggering an anguished scream. The force of the attack propels the man backward, his hand colliding with the boat’s edge, leaving him bleeding. The struggle intensifies as the man is dragged into the water.
Frantic cries of “Get him, get him, get him!” fill the air, as the fishermen on the boat scramble to rescue the victim.
The video abruptly ended, but the man was said to have gotten pulled back into the boat by his buddies and was treated on-scene by a park ranger. He was then promptly taken to the hospital where he was treated for his wounds.
While authorities have yet to determine the precise species responsible for this assault, speculations point towards the bull shark, notorious for its aggressive nature. Everglades National Park, which prides itself on its diverse wildlife, emphasizes that such incidents are extremely rare but serves as a stark reminder for visitors to exercise caution when in the presence of untamed creatures.