Last Thursday (Sept 13th), a video went viral of a shark biting down on a boat engine. That boat belonged to Bahamian citizen James Munroe.
Munroe, a commercial fisherman for over 20 years, said he has never experienced anything like that before.
“All I feel [was] when my rod went off and I said, ‘Oh my goodness, shark got my rod’,” Munroe said.
Munroe had his line in the water, near Current Island, Eleuthera, hoping to catch a barracuda and two mutton fish that had been circling around his boat.
“I [had] seen them before I even see the shark,” Munroe said.
Munroe had his line in the water waiting for the Barracuda to bite. Next thing he knew, the shark had his line. He tried to get closer to cut the line but noticed that the shark swam straight up and latched on to his engine. They were in about 20ft of water.
Video courtesy of James Munroe
“I didn’t even anticipate that,” Munroe said.
Munroe reached out and cut the line but the shark’s jaw was still locked onto the engine. He gently shook the engine and the shark released its jaw and swam away.
“This is very strange to me, to see a shark do that,” Munroe said.
The photo Munroe uploaded showing incident has been shared 12,000 times, has 5,000 likes and over 1,000 comments. Despite what happened, Munroe wants the public to know that sharks are not that vicious.
“I always explain to tourist my philosophy, … [that is] that more people die from a fallen coconut than a shark bite,” Munroe said.