- A video caught the tense moments when Florida beachgoers tried to save a massive beached shark.
- The clip showed the shark thrashing about and baring its teeth as four men tried to haul it back into the sea.
- “We knew we had to act fast for a better chance of survival,” Tina Fey, who filmed the video, told Insider.
A video caught the tense moments when Florida beachgoers tried to save a massive beached shark.
The gripping footage, which was uploaded onto Facebook ____ [when?], showed the stranded shark thrashing about and baring its teeth as four men tried to haul it back into the sea.
“It was very exciting, adrenaline was pumping for sure, I was scared with my husband being in the water with it,” Tina Fey, the woman who filmed the video, told Insider. “We knew we had to act fast for a better chance of survival.”
In the video, the men can be seen tugging at the shark’s tail and trying to reorient the creature so that it would face the ocean.
“Babe, look at them freaking teeth,” Fey can be heard saying in the video. “Babe, it’s too dangerous, don’t be doing that.”
The shark starts thrashing wildly as the group tries to drag it toward the water, causing the men to back off momentarily. Eventually, the group manages to turn the shark around to face the water, and it swims off, per the video.
Tina and her husband, Josh, were from Texas and they had traveled to Pensacola Beach in Florida to celebrate their anniversary, WKRG News 5 reported. The couple were hanging out on the beach with friends when they spotted the Mako shark in the water.
“Eventually it just turned to the left and started coming directly beeline toward the shoreline, and I said, ‘That’s a big shark coming in,'” Josh told WKRG News 5. “And we thought it was chasing some bait or whatnot, but it came all the way to shoreline and beached itself.”
Although the couple alerted the authorities about the incident, they decided they needed to act quickly in case the shark died, per WKRG News 5.
“It was just thrashing all around and I said, ‘We got to get her back in the water because she’s gonna die; something’s wrong….she’s sick; she might’ve got caught by somebody offshore,'” Josh told WKRG News 5.
With help from other beachgoers, Josh managed to get the shark back to safety.
“She was every bit of 5 to 600 pounds; I would think. I couldn’t budge her; it took four of us to enter into the water,” Josh told WKRG News 5. “She had about two-inch teeth on her, and it was two rows of them, a lot of rows of them, and they were pretty big.”