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Would you shove your arm into the mouth of an impaled shark?
Two divers found a 3m gray nurse shark (see this post) with a gaff - a hooked pole used to haul big fish on to boats - wedged deep in his mouth, probably as a consequence of someone illegally trying to catch it. In those conditions it wouldn’t be able to hunt and eat and would die pretty soon. So they decided to help the poor creature. Government divers managed to lasso it and then herd it into a clear plastic tunnel, specially designed for catching injured sea creatures. All with the greatest care because the stressed shark could easily try to bite them.Then the shark was put in a large tank on the boat and injected with a drug to calm it, so that divers and a vet could try to do something to save it. A brave marine biologist shoves his arm deep into the shark’s mouth to try to remove the hook. Using a tube as a guide and protection the man managed to draw the hook off without causing any injuries to the beast. The grey nurse shark was finally released in the sea after having been fitted with an electronic tag so that its movements and recovery can be monitored by scientists. Visit the source to see more pictures from the encounter.