A scuba diving teacher in Byron Bay, Australia who encountered a nurse shark with a piece of plastic net stuck in its mouth decided to put himself at risk to help.
In a video posted on Storyful, Inaki Aizpun said he knew the 6-and-a-half foot shark would die a slow, painful death if the netting was not removed. So he did something that most people would never do — swam closer to the shark and tried to help it.
“I fought my dread of approaching a shark in pain, ” Aizpun said in the video.
He grabbed a rope that was trailing from the netting in the shark’s mouth and held on while the shark flailed about. On the second try, the shark freed itself.