Shocking moment man drags shark out water at Fire Island beach where two were attacked in July

Shocking moment man drags shark out water at Fire Island beach where two were attacked in July

Shocking moment man drags a shark out of the water at Fire Island beach – along the coastline where two people have been injured in attacks in the past month

  • In the clip filmed Sunday, a man can be seen grappling with a large grey tail as the surf pounds down on top of them and onlookers can be heard crying ‘holy s***’
  • The scene was filmed on Smith Point Beach on Fire Island, New York, where two shark attacks took place just last month
  • On social media viewers were divided, with some calling out the man for hurting the shark while others speculated he was trying to help by freeing it from his line
  • The shark was identified as possibly being a sand shark, which are rarely dangerous 

This is the shocking moment a man was seen pulling a shark from the waters along a Fire Island beach after a string of recent attacks have shaken summer swimmers in the area.

In the clip, a man can be seen grappling with a large grey tail as the surf pounds down on top of him and onlookers cry ‘holy s***’ in Long Island, New York. 

The animal’s tail thrashed out of the man’s grip and the beast started to swim off, but he quickly scurried after it and can be seen pulling a fishing-line in by hand.

A wave then crashed down on the fish, sending it careening back towards the beach, and the man peddled away while maintaining his pull on the fishing line.

The woman who witnessed the incident, Emily Murray, told the New York Post that the man had been fishing when the shark hooked itself on his line.

‘He had been fishing and caught the shark by accident,’ Murray said, ‘He was attempting to unhook it and cut it free.’

She said the shark was unhooked and released back into the water. 

The incident was filmed on Sunday at Smith Point Beach, near where two shark attacks took place just last month.

In the clip, a man can be seen grappling with a large grey tail as the surf pounds down on top of them and onlookers can be heard crying ‘holy s***’

The incident was filmed on Sunday at Smith Point Beach, near where two shark attacks took place just last month

 The incident was filmed on Sunday at Smith Point Beach, near where two shark attacks took place just last month

Man and monster seem to struggle, then the shark briefly launched itself from the crashing waves with its mouth agape.

‘Holy s***,’ a shocked passerby cried again. 

The shark is then washed into the shallows, and as the water retreats the man gets a grip around its tail and drags it thrashing ashore.

The clip concluded with the man holding a grip on the shark’s tail and calling out for a woman – Mary – to grab his bolt cutters.

A photo taken shortly after shows the man who caught the shark and another still handling the giant fish in the surf. 

It is unclear whether the shark was intentionally caught, or whether it merely became snagged on the fisherman’s hook and he was attempting to free it.

The tail thrashes out of the man's grip and the beast begins to swim off, but he scurries after it and can be seen pulling a fishing-line in by hand.

The man leaps back as a wave tosses the shark at his feet

The tail thrashes out of the man’s grip and the beast begins to swim off, but he scurries after it and can be seen pulling a fishing-line in by hand. 

The shark is washed into the shallows, and as the water retreats the man gets a grip around its tail and drags it thrashing to shore

The shark is washed into the shallows, and as the water retreats the man gets a grip around its tail and drags it thrashing to shore

The man chased the shark around the shallows while he tried to get a grip on its tail it from the water

The man chased the shark around the shallows while he tried to get a grip on its tail it from the water

On social media many identified the shark as being a sand shark, which are considered largely non-dangerous.

Some called questioned why the beachgoers were bothering the creature, with one user writing ‘Leave the poor shark alone. The shark was in his natural habitat. We humans are MONSTERS!!!!’

Others defended the fisherman, saying perhaps he was trying to help the shark by freeing it from his fishing line.

‘I’m guessing by the bolt cutters in the first picture they’re actually trying to remove a fishing hook, although the video would make it appear their intentions are malicious,’ a user wrote.

A photo taken shortly after shows the man who caught the shark and another still handling the giant fish in the surf

A photo taken shortly after shows the man who caught the shark and another still handling the giant fish in the surf

Some defended the fisherman's actions, saying perhaps he was trying to help the shark by freeing it from his fishing line

Some defended the fisherman’s actions, saying perhaps he was trying to help the shark by freeing it from his fishing line

The clip comes as an unusually high number of shark attacks have struck Long Island, with as many as four attacks occurring in July alone.

Two of those took place on Smith Point where the clip was filmed on Sunday.

On July 3 a lifeguard was attacked by a five-foot tiger shark during a training exercise there. He was left with bite wounds on his chest and hand before fighting off the beast.

Then on July 13, a 41-year-old surfer was bitten by a four-foot tiger shark and left with a large bite wound in his leg.

Though Long Island shark attacks are rare, over the past two years there were more attacks than in the entire previous decade, according to the New York Post.

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Alex Oliveira

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