One of the reason why I enjoy so much writing this blog is that in my "water search" I come across so many incredible stories... It seems that the sea is a sort of catlyst for events that leave you dazzled, moved, angry, incredulous...
This one is one of those stories and the question of the title is not rethorical, seeing that someone actually did it two days ago in Australia:

helping a shark
Two divers found a 3mt gray nurse shark with a gaff - a hooked pole used to haul big fish on to boats - wedged deep in his mouth, probably as a consequence of someone illegally trying to catch it. In those conditions it wouldn't be able to hunt and eat and would die pretty soon.

helping a shark
So they decided to help the poor creature. Government divers managed to lasso it and then herd it into a clear plastic tunnel, specially designed for catching injured sea creatures. All with the greatest care because the stressed shark could easily try to bite them.

helping a shark
Then the shark was put in a large tank on the boat and injected with a drug to calm it, so that divers and a vet could try to do something to save it

helping a shark
A brave marine biologist shoves his arm deep into the shark's mouth to try to remove the hook. Using a tube as a guide and protection the man managed to draw the hook off without causing any injuries to the beast.

helping a shark
The grey nurse shark was finally released in the sea after having been fitted with an electronic tag so that its movements and recovery can be monitored by scientists.

Nothimg for me it's more wonderful than people trying so hard to help a creature of a different species. Isn't it?


9 Response to 'Would you shove your arm into the mouth of an impaled shark?'

  1. Jim Fresiak'> July 19, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Yes you're right, helping another species is the purest kind of love


  2. Annelynn'> July 19, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Moreover, considering what we are costantly doing to destroy all other species (and ourselves too), killing them, destroyng their habitat, changing irrecoverably the climate of our planet....


  3. Anonymous'> July 19, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Nice story thanx for posting


  4. Anonymous'> September 28, 2009 at 11:36 PM

    This story has made an enormous impact on me......very moving...tks for the post xx


  5. Anonymous'> November 18, 2009 at 12:04 AM

    It was very interesting for me to read this article. Thank author for it. I like such topics and anything connected to this matter. I definitely want to read a bit more soon.


  6. Rhiannon Parkes'> June 7, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    I think it was kind of that man to help the shark and also to answer the question yes I would shove my arm into a shark to try and save it because I like sharks and I have an organisation to help save the sharks.


  7. Anonymous'> January 22, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    I am currently doing a project on sharks and I just so happened to click this website. It is a very interesting story. Thanks for posting it :)


  8. Anonymous'> May 3, 2012 at 5:06 AM

    wow that is really interesting im doing this report of what i want to be when i grow up and of course i want to be a marine bioligst and i always wanted to help animal like in this case a shark and to answer the quistain i would be sooooooo scared but if its to help a animal then put my hand in that sharks mouth......LMHO!!!!


  9. Anonymous'> July 14, 2012 at 4:27 AM

    Reading this i was amazed and blown away. i've always wanted to be a marine bioligist but family members tell me to be a docoter,lawyer and scientist.