Watch scuba divers rescue shark pinned to seabed by hook
Scuba divers in Australia have rescued a shark that was trapped by a fishing line, according to the Daily Mail.
In this footage recorded by diver Jules Casey, the Port Jackson shark is lying limp on the seabed with a hook in its mouth at Flinders Pier in the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.
When the diver picked up the shark to inspect the damage, it flailed around to try and escape the line which was pinning it to the ocean floor.
Eventually the divers remove the thick hook from the shark’s mouth and watch as it slowly swam away.
Ms Casey told the Daily Mail while she doesn’t know why the line broke, ‘the small amount of trailing line was enough to tangle in the weeds pinning the shark to the seabed and ensuring a slow death of starvation if we hadn’t helped her.’
Lost and discarded fishing gear contributes to a lot of marine life death, according to the World Wildlife Fund ‘Ghost fishing gear is the deadliest form of marine plastic,’ the WWF says on its website.
Fishing lines and other discarded gear kills sea animals slowly and painfully through suffocation and starvation.