Astonishing moment two anglers grab hold of a great white shark to free it after mistakenly hooking it on a popular beach
- Two fishermen have luckily survived an encounter with a great white shark
- The pair had to release the shark after they accidentally caught it while fishing
- They were fishing for bronze whaler’s when they caught the protected shark
- People were left horrified after Lucas Smith’s intimate encounter with the shark
Two fishermen have survived a very intimate encounter with a deadly great white shark.
The men were fishing at in the shallows at Short Point in Merimbula on New South Wales’ south coast earlier this month.
Lucas Smith and his friend were fishing for bronze whaler sharks when they accidentally hooked the great white shark.
Lucas Smith and his friend had been fishing for bronze whalers when they caught the great white shark (pictured)
The great white shark was safely released by the fishermen after they had caught it accidentally
Footage of the video was posted to Facebook where Mr Smith said they released the protected great white shark.
‘We target bronze whalers anything else is a by catch and certainly not a targeted species,’ Mr Smith commented.
He added that they safely released the protected great white.
‘Was amazing watching it swim away healthy,’ he wrote.
A number of people were swimming in the nearby waters as they caught numerous sharks, Mr Smith recalled.
‘We hooked two more sharks there in a short three hour session, while people were swimming right next to us.’
The shark was caught near swimmers at Short Point in Merimbula on the NSW south coast
People were horrified at the fishermen’s intimate encounter with the huge shark
But some people watching the footage were horrified by Mr Smith’s wild run-in with the deadly predator.
‘Might not go swimming next time we go,’ commented one.
‘He’s keen they (great white sharks) can turn on a dime,’ another wrote.
Another pointed out that the video showed that the deadly sharks aren’t always keen on attacking humans.
‘It shows that sharks aren’t hell bent on eating humans,’ they wrote.
Great white sharks are a protected species and Mr Smith confirmed that he safely released the shark as soon as it had been caught.
Great white sharks are a protected species and Mr Smith confirmed that he safely released the shark
Short Point (pictured) in Merimbula is a popular holiday destination but is known for a healthy sharp population