In a disturbing development this weekend, a seven-foot (2 meter) great white shark bit a swimmer off the coast near Manhattan Beach in Southern California on Saturday.
The man suffered moderate injuries, a fire department official said.
“The shark bit the long-distance swimmer in the upper torso and immediately released him,” said Inspector Rick Flores, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, told Reuters.
According to reports, the shark was hooked to a fisherman's line for about 45 minutes and was thrashing around in the water when the long-distance swimmer got close to it.
The raw footage posted above, submitted by a user on social media website Reddit, apparently shows the moment when the attack took place.
The video was allegedly filmed by the fishermen who had the giant creature on a hook, despite the fact that it’s illegal to hunt down great white sharks.
The disturbing part comes when these people realize that the shark is after a swimmer and laughed instead of calling out for help.
According to beach authorities, the shark got agitated because it was attached to the hook.
"He was trying to get off the line," Capt. Tracy Lizotte, a Los Angeles County lifeguard at the beach told LA Times.
"He was agitated and was probably biting everything in his way and then the swimmer swam right into the shark's line."
Although it’s not clear whether the incident is being investigated or not, the surfacing of the recording above has surely caused a stir online with many calling for the immediate incarceration of the fishermen who provoked the attack.