Terrifying moment 8ft shark sticks teeth into spear fisherman’s leg as buddy frantically brings swimmer back to boat
It’s the terrifying moment when an eight-foot shark sank its teeth into a spear fisherman’s leg and tore an artery.
Parker Simpson was swimming off the coast of Florida, United States, when the reef shark “came out of nowhere” and attacked him.
Talk to The temperature, Simpson said he was fishing underwater with his friends off the islet of Boca Chica and recording the excursion with a camera attached to his mask.
The group had just caught a 34-inch black grouper when the attack occurred.
The footage shows Simpson looking around the water to catch more fish when a shark torpedoed him by ripping flesh off his leg.
“As soon as he turned to me he started to speed up and his pectoral fins were down – that’s pure aggression,” he said.
“Faster than I could do anything, he was already against my fins.
“He grabbed the left fin, then he bit the right – took a piece of it – then bit my leg.
“I was stabbing him. I knew from the start that it was bad.”
The clip shows Simpson waving in the water as the shark maneuvers around him before disappearing into the sea.
Simpson looks in the footage to show flesh hanging from his leg and blood spilling into the water.
“I put my hand on the wound and tried to swim, but after about ten to 15 seconds I realize that I can’t use that leg anymore,” he said.
Simpson then yells at his friends for help, one of them frantically dragging him back to safety.
According to Simpson, the beast had torn the tibial artery but despite his injury, he said he still loved sharks.
If he wanted me dead, I would be dead.
“They are beautiful creatures and perfect hunters,” he said. “If he wanted me dead, I would be dead.”
The footage was shot in 2017, but has resurfaced due to the number of recent shark attacks around the world.
Last month, a teenager was attacked by a shark while surfing off a Florida beach that has been dubbed the “bite capital of the world.”
Doyle Nielsen, 16, was paddling in the water off New Smyrna Beach on September 9 when the crash happened.
Images uploaded to Instagram showed the finned beasts navigating the water as surfers attempted to take advantage of the strong currents left by Hurricane Larry.
Just yesterday, a surfer was surrounded by sharks after being caught in a school of fish in Brevard County, Florida.
Breathtaking snaps – taken by partner Laura Evans near Sebastian Inlet – show dorsal fins sticking out of the water just inches from Eli.
As the predators closed in, Laura quickly took a few photos of the terrifying scene.
Avid surfer Eli told Fox35: “They were jumping everywhere. One of them hit me on the head.
“I think a large tarp went under my board and I didn’t realize there was a shark behind me.”
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