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Fisherman Jumps Off Boat to Revive 300-Pound Shark (Video)

Given the fact that humans kill an estimated 100 million sharks a year, pushing some species towards the brink of extinction, practicing ‘catch-and-release’ fishing is certainly a commendable alternative. But one particularly compassionate angler went above and beyond to ensure his love of the sport was as benign as possible.

Sportsmen aboard a charter boat off the coast of Gasparilla, Florida recently reeled-in the catch of a lifetime — a 300-pound bull shark. After cleanly removing the hook, the crew then deposited the shark back into the ocean. Instead of swimming away, however, the shark appeared to be stunned by its brief stint aboard the boat.

That’s when one of the fishermen jumped into the water, risking his own life to save the life of his temporary catch — reviving the shark by nudging it away from the boat until it swims away, apparently no worse for the experience.

Say what you will about sport-fishing, but catch-and-release fishing is arguably one of the least impactful forms of hunting — a welcome change from lethal practices, like shark finning, which have decimated shark populations around the world.

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2:13AM PDT on May 17, 2015

Very brave, and good on him for doing "catch and release". But, let's face it, the shark wouldn't have been in the situation of needing help if it had been left alone in the first place.

6:42AM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

thanks for sharing

7:24AM PDT on Nov 1, 2013

great

8:39PM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

I'm so proud of them saving the shark, but I object to fishing or hunting. At least they didn't pull up the shark and cut off it's fin and throw it back in the ocean to die!

3:50AM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

Brave. Didn't he hear that music? I did. DUH DH.. DUH DH... DUH DH ...DHDHDHDHDHDH

6:46PM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

I'm also against most forms of fishing. It's a different matter when you need to supply your family with food.

Harming fish with the terror of being caught, trying to escape with a fishing hook that hurts, then being picked up, having the hook pulled out, paralysed with fear as you're flung back into the water. And this is called 'sport' ???

5:08AM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

wow

7:15AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Kudos for these guys not cutting off the fin of the shark and then throwing him back in the water

5:46AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Thanks.

4:45PM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

wow, brave :) good for him

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