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Hawaii fisherman says he punched shark as it bit his leg

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hawaii Man Posts Graphic Photos After Fighting Off A Shark.

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii spear fisherman said Wednesday he fought off a large tiger shark by smacking it in its nose after it locked onto his leg along a remote stretch of Big Island coastline. But when the call failed, Braxton Rocha told The Associated Press from his hospital bed, he did the next best thing — he posted a video of his wounded leg online.

In an edited version of the video that Rocha posted online after the original was removed from Instagram, Rocha says “I just got attacked by a tiger shark!” Rocha said his first instinct was to call his mom, but when she didn’t pick up, he decided to post the video to let his friends and family know what happened. After checking an underwater cave, he caught a flash of stripes in the corner of his eye and was face-to-face with the largest tiger shark he had ever seen. Rocha added a picture to Instagram — after the initial video was removed — that shows where the shark attacked “right above my knee cap and back of calf.” Rocha was flown to a hospital where he underwent surgery for three hours. Braxton Rocha was bitten on his left leg by a 13-foot-long tiger shark on Sunday afternoon before swimming back to shore off the northern tip of the Big Island and calling for help. But the fish was too strong, he said, and its massive jaws clamped down on his leg. “I started making some strokes in after I punched her and that’s when the blood just started gushing everywhere in the water, and I was like, this is not good,” he said. “I started getting scared because I thought she was going to come back in for more.” Rocha said he swam as hard as he could against a strong current to get to shore about 60 yards away.

He posted after the attack, thanking everyone for their prayers, and said “no matter what, I’ll always love sharks and have so much respect for the top predator in the ocean.” He also happily responded to all the haters: He frantically shouted for his friend, Shannon Pasco, who was diving close to the rocky shoreline. “I was screaming to him for a few minutes,” Rocha said. “But the wind was howling so loud and the waves were crashing so loud, you couldn’t hear a thing.” Once out of the water, Pasco loaded his injured friend into his truck before placing a tourniquet around his thigh.

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