Amazing Footage Shows Fisherman In Tug Of War With Sharks Over Tuna Catch
A fisherman thought he'd got himself a big catch in the South Pacific when he managed to hook a massive tuna. However, he faced some surprising competition for the fish - three hungry sharks.
This footage shows the moments that 29 year-old Cole Harrison, from Key West in Florida, found himself in a furious tug of war with the sharks, who made sure they got their fair share of the fish - even if they ultimately didn't get to take it home with them.
"We were fishing at this spot and the sharks don't have much experience of people and they weren't shy of coming at us," said Cole.
"They started having a go on the tuna and I called the boat saying I needed them."
Cole - who was in the water - tried to get the tuna towards the boat as the men on board came to his aid, but the sharks kept following him.
To us it looks pretty hairy, but the fisherman kept his cool: "I stayed calm, it's just experience. I've been diving with sharks my whole life and I've been fishing since I was 10-years-old. I've been butted by them before and have friends who have been bitten by sharks."
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"It was fortunate that everything worked out, I had a really small window to land the fish and take it from the sharks." He added, "If I didn't get the boat there then we would have lost the fish. For sure I was worried about getting bitten, there was a lot of adrenaline."
"It's risky, reef sharks are the most notorious for always biting people in the water."
Cole was on a two and a half month trip from Tahiti to Fiji alongside his crew Adam Schewitz, and Alex Thomas, and amazingly this was the fourth attempt at trying to catch dog tooth tuna - all previous attempts had been hijacked by sharks.
"We were after the dog tooth tuna," he said. "They're known as the pinnacle of spear fishing because they are so hard to catch. They can't be caught by rod.
"They taste incredible and they look incredible."
Congratulations to Cole and his defiant crew.
Featured Image Credit: Cole Harrison