Greenland Shark Saved From Choking To Death On MooseBy: Tina Volpe - November 22, 2013
If seeing a shark choking on a moose isn’t strange enough, imagine helping that same shark!
It’s true – a shark sort of bit off more than it could chew, and in the process could have died. Two men, Derrick Chaulk and Jeremy Ball while driving off NORRIS ARM NORTH, in Newfoundland, saw what they thought was a “beached whale” and decided to venture down and see what they could do to help.
Much to their surprise, they discovered it was a pretty large Greenland shark, estimated was about 2.5 metres long, and weighed about 115 kg.
Chaulk reported that the moose the shark was eating was still alive and was sticking out of its mouth: “It [the moose] had the fur and all the liner on it.”
A local, Jeremy Ball assisted Chaulk in tugging the moose out of the shark’s mouth, Chaulk recalling: “A couple yanks and it just came right out.”
The two men then decided they needed to help that shark back into the water. They rounded up some rope and tied it around the shark’s tail, one handling the tail end, the other pushing the shark from the front, until they got it back into the shallow water. They said the shark was at least 250 lbs., so this was no easy feat.
But, once they maneuvered the shark back into the water, it began to breathe again. Although it must have been exhausted and almost dead, the two men waited about 1/2 hour until the shark gathered enough steam to swim back out to sea.
Chaulk said, “There was a few people up on the bank watching and once that shark swam out and lifted his tail, and then swam all the way out, everybody just clapped. It was a good feeling to see that shark swim out, knowing that you saved his life.”
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