Man comes across massive injured great white in shallow waters

Danny Woods
June 12, 2017

Dale Pearson, the co-owner of Pearson Brothers Winery, which makes fruit and other flavoured wines in southern California, was at his local beach last month when he caught site of the shark in the water and filmed it. As seen in the video, Peterson's friend limps out of the water after being stung.

The shark appeared to be an estimated 14 feet long and was moving around in 3 feet of water, according to Peterson, a dive boat operator who has experience with shark research missions.

In a comment on the institute's post, Pearson says the shark did not appear to be stranded and left the shallows several times. As of Sunday night, more than 800,000 people had seen the video.

They also agreed with Pearson's suggestion that it was hunting for stingrays in the shallows.

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But according to the Marine Conservation Science Institute, it is unlikely that the wounds would kill the shark, saying on its Facebook page: "They are exceptionally tough with incredible healing ability". Two wounds are evident in the video, the largest a huge gash across its spine, which Pearson assumes came from a boat's propeller. He later said the shark may have come into the shallow waters searching for food. As HuffPost points out, Pearson wrote on Facebook that he believed the shark journeyed into shallow waters to hunt for stingrays, a theory that was corroborated by marine biologist Michael Dormier.

Shark attacks have been on the rise in recent years. In April, a San Diego woman was in critical condition after a shark ravaged her lower body. Conducted by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, the report showed 80 sharks had been counted in 2014, while 147 were located in 2016. Parker Simpson, 23, was hospitalized after a suspected reef shark attacked him when he was about 50 feet underwater.

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