Video Shows World's Fastest Shark Stranded on a Beach Rescued by "Frightened" Heroes
“The shark was dragged to the water, and it ended up swimming away.”
It's not your usual viral animal story: A group of Good Samaritans saved the life of the "world's fastest shark" after it became stranded on a Brazilian beach, the New York Post reported. Video of the rescue is currently making the rounds on social media. Read on to find out what went down—and about another crazy shark-related video that was described as "once in a lifetime."
Last week in Itanhaém, São Paulo, a group of people were enjoying a long walk on the beach when they discovered the beached shark. It was a shortfin mako, which is considered the world's fastest shark, capable of swimming 45 miles per hour. Local painter Edvan Silva said he was "frightened" when he glimpsed the mako. "I surf this beach, and I'm getting worried. Lately, a number of sharks have been showing up here." (And not just there—shark sightings increased on U.S. beaches this summer, possibly because warming ocean waters are encouraging them to swim closer to shore.) Keep reading to learn more and see the video.
On the video, one of the group's members is seen dragging the five-foot-long shark toward the water by the tail. Suddenly, it starts thrashing around and the Good Samaritan loses his grip, dropping the shark onto the sand. But a woman bravely grabs it by the tail and pulls it back to its watery home. "The shark was dragged to the water, and it ended up swimming away," said Rogerio Dos Santos Rodrigues, who shot the video.
In response to a massive whale stranding in Australia this month, experts said sea creatures can get beached for a number of reasons. They may become disoriented and swim off course. They might get too close to the shore when searching for food. Or warming waters might have an effect on their internal navigation systems.
Wildly enough, this isn't the only mako-related viral video to make the rounds this summer. In late August, a 7-foot-long blue mako shark suddenly leapt out of waters near Maine and onto the deck of a fishing boat, shocking its occupants. The shark thrashed dramatically on the floor of the boat as the fishermen exclaimed in wonder. Ultimately, they measured it, then released it back into the water.
Although the boat's occupants were catching and releasing various members of the ocean, that particular mako shark just "fell out of the sky," the expedition's leader told the Miami Herald. "It was pretty wild and unusual, and we're pretty happy that nobody got hurt," he said. "The shark didn't get hurt, and we continued on with the day."