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Shark bites surfer near Cocoa Beach Pier


  Bobby Baughman was trying out a new surfboard when something grabbed his foot.
  
  He said he had been surfing near Cocoa Beach Pier this afternoon. He finished riding a wave, so he hopped off the board and dove underwater to let the next one pass over him. He kicked off the bottom, but then he felt something clamp on his right foot.

Shark bites surfer near Cocoa Beach Pier

Bobby Baughman was trying out a new surfboard when something grabbed his foot.

He said he had been surfing near Cocoa Beach Pier this afternoon. He finished riding a wave, so he hopped off the board and dove underwater to let the next one pass over him. He kicked off the bottom, but then he felt something clamp on his right foot.

Angler Jumps Overboard to Save 300-Pound Bull Shark

Catching and releasing a shark usually involves an angler removing a hook or cutting the line and watching the shark swim away. This bold angler outside of Lee County, Fla., decided he wanted to assure that the exhausted 300-pound predator he had just caught could swim away safely.

Seeing that the bull shark was struggling, the fisherman jumped overboard and wrapped his arms around the lower half of its body, helping the shark regain some energy. It appeared to work.

Bull sharks are considered by many to be among the most dangerous sharks in the world. This one could have attacked even in its exhausted state, but this angler decided to risk his life to make sure the shark could swim away safely.

A rare encounter with a reef shark


  What a day! Neptune smiled, and sent the reef shark to hang out with us. We spent about 30 minutes with this curious critter. He would come in, take a look, then circle at the edge of visibility and cruise by again. The first few passes he stayed about 15 feet away, then started getting closer and closer. An encounter like this is a true gift! I even had some shots that were out of focus because he was too close to the camera.

A rare encounter with a reef shark

What a day! Neptune smiled, and sent the reef shark to hang out with us. We spent about 30 minutes with this curious critter. He would come in, take a look, then circle at the edge of visibility and cruise by again. The first few passes he stayed about 15 feet away, then started getting closer and closer. An encounter like this is a true gift! I even had some shots that were out of focus because he was too close to the camera.