Saturday diving with Jeff and Daniel. As soon as we descended to the sand at 100 feet, Daniel shot a sheephead and Jeff shot a fat amberjack. Within 5 seconds a 6 foot shark charged Jeff. I was above and rocketed down and tried several times to chase the shark away and block him from Jeff's AJ, (which was not cooperating with Jeff's plans to get him on his stringer). Unable to swim faster than a shark, he just shot around me and continued darting in the cloud of sand kicked up from the struggle between Jeff and his AJ he was rolling around with on the bottom battling.
This shark had no fear of 3 divers in a tight group as most shark usually do, and he wasn't stopping until he got a free meal. With the visibility shot now from the sand kicked up, there was a good chance Daniel's (who was now in the sand cloud trying to help Jeff with the AJ while I tried to block the shark) or Jeff's
somewhat useful body parts, like an arm or a leg, could be in between the AJ and the shark's jaws if he mad a lunge for it.
So I pulled out my trusty Beco .357 magnum powerhead, put it on the tip of my spear, and pulled the cotter pin safety, and I went in hot. Couldn't see much at all, then right below me I made out the shark lunging back in, and I squeezed the trigger, and BOOM! Nailied him dead center on the top of the head between his gills. He came to a stop from his charge right between Jeff's legs, thrashing wildly and twisting side to side, with Daniel right next to him.
From my angle it looked like he had Jeff by the legs! I though aww hell, my buddy's gonna have little nubs for legs now! I shot down as fast as I could and started stabbing the shark with my kill spike, trying to get in between him and Jeff. He rolled on his back still thrashing some, so as hard as I could, I drove my kill spike in his head, pinning him to the sand.
Daniel had hold of Jeff's AJ, since Jeff had just went thru hell, with the AJ trying to whoop on him, and his mask had got knocked off in the process and was full of water. I was relieved to see that Jeff still had his legs, and they weren't little bloody stumps. Got things untangled, a couple underwater cheers for having to still managed to save the AJ, and nobody got hurt (well, none of us anyways).
We made our accent with a bunch of trash talking through our regulators, Daniel doing upside down tricks under water, Jeff looking down at his legs every now and then with this happy smile, and me throwing up West-side signs and holding my speargun sideways (don't you have a little Gangster in you?) during our 6 minute accent.
Since it was a short dive, we all three went back down on the same spot in about 20 minutes. As far as the myth that dead sharks scare off other sharks? Myth busted. There was another shark down there (who respectfully kept his distance), and on our safety stop at 20' had a smaller 5 foot or so shark come in for a quick look at us and then swim away.
Was a great day out on the water on a sunny January day, but isn't ever day out on the water great?
Oh yeah, the last 6 seconds of the video? A clip from the next video I'll get up soon from the last trip we went out (same crew) about a month ago. Great shark footage when I jumped in the water off the back of the boat with feeding sharks when they hit a hooked snapper on the surface. Here's a couple frames off the video. And the last 2 are 1 from each of the 2 dives. Total of 7 sharks last time. 3 this Saturday.
To any tree-hugging hippy whiners, here in these waters where we dive, we deal with sharks almost every day we go out spearfishing. 99% of them don't pose a threat, and we can chase them off, or they keep their distance. But for the occasional aggressive ones that won't back off, and that put one of us in danger while trying to get our fish, I always dive with my Beco powerhead. Even if you never have to use it, it's like concealed carry of a handgun. May never have to use it, but it's always better to stack the deck in your favor if there is a situation. Sharks are bad-ass, but man is still the apex predator, since we have opposable thumbs and can load a bullet! If you're in fear of bodily harm, it's justified to use deadly force and take a human life, and you have no duty to retreat, and the same goes for sharks.