Dive Instructor Rescues Shark With Knife Wedged In Its Head

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You can always expect to see something breathtaking while scuba diving the reefs of the Cayman Islands, but dive instructor Brett Johnson swam across a shocking spectacle during a group dive in waters off Cayman Brac.
Johnson and his student divers were at Snapper Reef last week when they spotted a shark with a kitchen knife sticking straight out of its head.
“Obviously something wasn’t right and I moved in for a closer look,” Johnson told local news station Cayman 27.
As seen in the video above, the shark was swimming around the sea floor near a hanging reef with the knife wedged into its head. Concerned, Johnson approached the shark above from above. 
“At that point, the shark turned around and settled right below me as if asking for help,” Johnson told Cayman 27. So the dive instructor gently pulled out the knife.
A hole remained in the shark’s head as it swam around, knife-free.


Johnson said the knife was about 12 inches long. He believed the injured animal was a nurse shark, a slow-moving shark species that is generally docile and commonly found in the Caribbean. According to National Geographic, nurse sharks have strong jaws which they used to eat shellfish and coral.
The Cayman Islands banned shark fishing in 2015, which prohibits anyone from taking or harming any species of shark in the islands’ reefs. Any person caught violating the ban in the Cayman Islands can face a $500,000 fine and up to four years in prison, according to the Cayman Compass.
That’s why the sight of the knife-stricken shark concerned Johnson.
“Sharks are an important part of the ecosystem,” he told the Cayman Compass, adding that local fisherman should be reminded that its illegal to fish for sharks.
Fortunately, staff say the same injured shark was spotted later swimming near the reef, Cayman Brach Beach Resort wrote in a Facebook post.
“I’ve never seen anything like this before. I’d say the customers were shocked,” Johnson told Cayman 27. “People come to Cayman to see our beautiful reefs… no one expects or wants to see a shark with a knife sticking out of its head.” — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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