CARLSBAD, Calif. – Sink your teeth into this.
Video obtained by FOX 5 shows a man working to free a small great white shark from a fishing line about 2 p.m. Saturday at Tamarack State Beach. The video shot by Kelly Bailey shows the shark’s fin poking out near the shoreline as it became stuck on the line, at which point a shirtless man grabs the line and pulls the shark onto the beach.
The man, who has not been identified, is seen holding the thrashing shark by its caudal fin until another man cuts the line. He then was able to haul the shark back into the water to send it on its way.
In an email, Bailey said she was at the beach with her family Saturday when she observed the incident.
“I was walking over towards the Jetty where my son and his cousins were exploring and I noticed a fishing line pulling from far out in the water,” she said. “I then saw a man reeling in a large marine reel and another man running towards the water with a spear. After the man was fighting to reel in what we all thought was a sport fish, was told by the other man holding the spear that it was in fact a shark.”
The video shows several people gathered around the area to watch the shark be freed, including two people and a young child just as it was being reeled into shore. Nobody appeared to be hurt in the incident and the shark swam off.
Bailey said she started filming “hoping to see a big fish so I just kept it going.”
“Once it got to the beach, we all could tell it was a great white,” she said.
A spokesman with California State Parks said Wednesday that staff were not notified of the incident when it occurred. However, upon review of the video, they believe the shark was “a young (first year) White Shark.”
“For this scenario we would not post sings or close the beach for two reasons,” Sean Homer said in an email to FOX 5. “The first is that a White Shark this small primarily feeds on fish and sting rays. Secondly, this was a non-active interaction, the shark was not seen in the aquatic recreation zone prior to or after its release.
“The only reason it was seen in the aquatic recreation zone was because it was manually brought to shore by the fisherman.”