In yet another display of human cruelty towards sea life, a shark was spotted in the Cayman Islands struggling with a kitchen knife sticking out of its head.
A reef diving instructor, Brett Johnson, was practicing with his diving students when they witnessed the natural predator lurking near a hanging reef. Johnson knew at once that something wasn’t right.
“Obviously something wasn’t right and I moved in for a closer look,” he said.
In the video, a 3-foot shark can be seen swimming around the Caribbean Sea floor at Snapper Reef with a 12-inch knife piercing its head.
According to Johnson, the nurse shark was in such pain it actually asked the diver for help.
“At that point, the shark turned around and settled right below me as if asking for help,” he recalled.
Nurse sharks are slow-moving species. They are generally submissive and commonly found in the Caribbean. These sharks are not a great threat to humans and no fatal attacks on humans have been recorded.
It is also relatively easier to catch these huge sharks because of their slow speed.
Johnson swam down toward the shark, and gently pulled the knife out of its head. Relieved, the shark then swam away, but the gaping wound was captured in the video.
The beach resort divers later spotted the shark swimming around the same reef and it seemed fine.
People appreciated Johnson’s act of kindness on social media. However, the tragic aspect of this episode is the reminder that a culture of harming animals has become very common.
Last year, a group of tourists at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, killed a small shark, dragging it out of water, just for the sake of a selfie. Sadly, some people seem very casual about harming animals just for the sake of entertainment, and when will this cruelty come to an end is yet to be seen.
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