A shark choking on its meal rescued

greenlandsharkIt wasn’t exactly CPR, thankfully for rescuers, because the victim was a large shark choking on a massive chunk of moose flesh, but it was a heroic effort nonetheless.

The bizarre incident occurred on Newfoundland’s northeast coast. Derrick Chaulk was driving on a harbor road in Norris Arm North when he spotted a large creature on the beach. He thought it was a whale, but it turned out to be an 8-foot Greenland shark, with a hunk of flesh and fur sticking out of its mouth. Upon closer inspection Chaulk noticed that the shark was still alive.

Fortunately, another local named Jerry Ball arrived and he was the one who went to work on the business end of the shark. “A couple of yanks and it just came right out,” Chaulk, describing the removal of the moose hide, said in a CBC story published Thursday.

The men roped the shark’s tail and teamed to pull it into deep enough water so it could swim off. “He pulled the rope, and I pushed with my boot,” Chaulk said. The men became concerned when the shark refused to swim off. “Then, all of a sudden, the water started coming out of its gills and he started breathing,” Chaulk said.

An unusual story, to be sure.

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  1. anderson

     /  November 23, 2013

    The poor poor moose.

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