A video is going viral of a diver escaping with his life after a 4.5m Tiger shark grabbed onto his head and refused to let go.
The incident, which took place off the waters of Fiji in July last year, saw instructors desperately stabbing at the animal with metal poles eventually resulting in it releasing it’s victim, an unnamed Malaysian tourist.
A shocked friend of the victim witnessed the attack and told The Fiji Times, ‘The shark turned to bite the divers and my friend was the unlucky one … At that time all the divemasters rushed to push her away, but it was already too late. His head was in the shark’s mouth and later the divemaster managed to kick her away.”
The group was hurried back to shore where the victim was taken to hospital and treated for a 10cm laceration across his head.
The tiger shark is reported to be responsible for a large share of fatal shark-bite incidents and is regarded as one of the most dangerous shark species. The Tiger which grows up to six metres, and is common off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal is considered to be both highly unpredictable and tenacious once it has seized its prey. Fortunately, incidents of the kind seen on the video are extremely rare and very few attacks on humans have been recorded by tiger sharks in South Africa.
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