A heart stopping video shows the moment Florida beachgoers dragged a stranded shark back into the ocean as it thrashed wildly and gnashed its tee
A heart stopping video shows the moment Florida beachgoers dragged a stranded shark back into the ocean as it thrashed wildly and gnashed its teeth at them.
Four brave rescuers decided to pull the shark into the water by its tail after seeing the beast beach itself and become stuck on the shoreline at Pensacola Beach.
‘After a few seconds of seeing it struggle to get back in the water, my husband took charge to try to help it,’ said a woman who watched the rescue unfold.
As the men edge it closer to the sea, the footage shows the deadly Mako shark lashing out at its rescuers in scenes reminiscent of Jaws, whipping its huge tail and threatening them with its teeth.
They back off for a moment as the shark flails around on the shore, while gathered crowds can be heard screaming in the background.
‘Look at them freakin’ teeth!’ a woman behind the camera yells as the snarling shark bare a predatory grin.
Four brave rescuers decided to pull the shark into the water by its tail after seeing the beached beast lying on the shoreline at Pensacola Beach
As the men edge it closer to the sea, the footage shows the deadly Mako shark whipping its huge tail and threatening them with its teeth
The men continue to wrestle with the huge shark – which one estimated weighed as much as 600 pounds – slowly but surely getting it back into its natural habitat.
One of the most daring rescuers stays in the water as the others flee for the safety of the shore.
He continues to try and steer the shark, easing it further into the water even after it has been pulled off the beach.
‘Babe, it’s too dangerous, don’t be doing that,’ the woman can be heard pleading with her partner.
He ignores her and carefully tilts the shark, which had been stuck on its side, into the correct position – seemingly with no concern for his own safety.
As he eases the sharks tail into the water, onlookers watch with bated breath to see if it will make it back out to sea, with one asking if the killer fish is still alive.
Miraculously, the rescue was successful, and the shark makes its way out into the ocean, with the men’s efforts cheered by onlookers.
Witnesses said the shark had become stuck on the sand after they saw it travelling at a ‘fast speed’ towards the shore.
‘We were sitting on the beach just having a good time and my buddy just said, ‘Look out in the water there, man.’ I see that fin and I was like, yeah, it was two or three sandbars away from us,’ Josh Fey, one of the rescuers reportedly told WKRG.
It took four men to drag the ferocious creature off the shore and back into its natural habitat
The Mako shark thrashed around as the four beachgoers tried to help to refloat it
One of the most daring rescuers stays in the water as the others flee for the safety of the shore
The shark thrashes around after becoming stranded on the shore and bares its teeth at beachgoers
The shark is eventually set free, with the footage capturing the moment it swims back out to sea
‘Eventually it just turned to the left and started coming directly beeline toward the shoreline, and I said, “That’s a big shark coming in.”‘
‘And we thought it was chasing some bait or whatnot, but it came all the way to shoreline and beached itself.’
Those who kept a safe distance from it were rightly worried, as Mako sharks are known for their particularly ferocious bite.
Makos are among the world’s most dangerous sharks, with ten recorded attacks on humans, one of which was fatal.
They can grow to up to 13ft in length and are the fastest recorded sharks in the world, capable of leaping great distances out of the water.