Swimmer catches shark with bare hands, poses with it for stunned beachgoers

Once sharks enter the news cycle, it’s officially the start of summer.

A Delaware beachgoer filmed a man at Cape Henlopen State Park beach carrying an enormous shark under his arm while in knee-deep water. Rachael Foster, who caught the video, shared it to Facebook where it’s accumulated over 94,000 views.

What a great way to spend Father’s Day!! We all had an amazing time ! Plus this guy caught this shark 3 cars down from us😳🦈EDIT: For anyone commenting how this guy should’ve left the shark alone, or that this isn’t right you really need to educate yourself. He did this by the book and was totally legal with it ! His buddy simply caught a shark he went out opened his mouth to get the hook out, than he went deeper into water turned the shark around and released it! Please please read up on the Delaware laws and the proper way to release a shark that’s been caught 😊

Posted by Rachael Foster on Sunday, June 21, 2020

As several stunned beachgoers and kids stared at him from the shore, the video reveals how the man then pried open the shark’s mouth and showed it off to the spectators, possibly anticipating a fun photo opportunity.

After a few seconds of holding its mouth open, the man tucked the shark back under his arm. In the video, people can be heard laughing somewhat nervously at the encounter. One woman in the background can even be heard saying, “Oh my god, that’s a big a** shark.”

“Everyone started yelling, ‘Shark, shark, get out of the water!’” Foster told DelmarvaNow. “It was so crazy, like a movie. Like ‘Jaws.’” 

Foster confirmed that the swimmer was only trying to help out the shark — which had a hook stuck in its mouth — then he let it free. Delaware law states that fishermen have to let sharks go free.

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