- Two men noticed a wounded whale shark while diving off the cost of Indonesia
- One man swims up to the shark and notices a fishing wire lodged in its mouth
- Using pliers and his bare hands, the man frees the shark from the fishing wire
- Thanks to the man’s quick thinking, the shark swims away with minimal injury
The incredible moment that two divers noticed a whale shark in distress off the coast of Indonesia and dived into help has been captured on video.
Noticing that it had fishing wire caught in its mouth, the one of the men donned a snorkel and jumped into the water to help the wounded creature.
As the shark struggled and thrashed near the surface of the water, one of the divers donned a snorkel and swam up behind the whale shark to see if he could help.
The diver bravely swam up behind the injured whale shark (pictured) and began working to free the wire
He quickly noticed that there was fishing wire tangled in a large wound in the shark’s mouth, and used a pair of pliers to slowly work the wire loose.
Although it was clear that the shark was in distress, the diver persevered until the there was no wire left in the wound.
Once he had pulled the wire free from the shark’s mouth, he used his hands to untangle to rest of the line and remove it completely.
Even though the shark was thrashing in the water, the diver managed to hang on long enough free the animal with minimal injury.
Once the diver has removed the wire, the whale shark was able to open its mouth properly
The diver can be seen removing the fishing wire with his bare hands and pliers
As soon as the creature’s mouth was clear of wire, the diver kicked back to the surface, allowing the shark to open its mouth properly and swim away relatively unharmed.
Since whale sharks are filter feeders, the huge creature would likely not have lasted long with fishing wire obstructing its mouth.
Whale sharks tend to swim with their mouths open close to the water’s surface, collecting plankton and fish, which is likely how the wire was caught in its mouth.