Swimmer Seen Prying Open Shark's Mouth

'It was so crazy, like a movie. Like Jaws.'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 27, 2020 11:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – A swimmer in Delaware was caught on camera prying a shark's mouth open with his hands this weekend in an effort to free it from a fishing hook, the AP reports. The video shows the man grabbing onto the shark at a beach in Cape Henlopen State Park. He went into the water to unhook it after another person caught it, the Salisbury Daily Times reported Tuesday. "Everyone started yelling, 'Shark, shark, get out of the water!'" said Delaware native Rachael Foster, who shared her video on social media. "It was so crazy, like a movie. Like Jaws."

State law prohibits people from keeping sand tiger and sandbar sharks if caught. People must release them immediately. The newspaper reported park rangers were on site Sunday to assist and monitor the situation. Earlier this month, a boy was hospitalized for puncture wounds after he was possibly bitten by a shark in the park. The boy, 12, was surfing when something bit his leg. Officials then temporarily closed the park’s Herring Point to surfing and swimming. Shark attacks are rare. The Florida Museum of Natural History recorded 41 confirmed unprovoked shark attacks in the US last year. The cases represented 64% of the worldwide total.

(Read more sharks stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.