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Diver fends off great white shark attack with spear

Diver Forced to Fend Off Great White Shark Attack

Jimmy Roseman was enjoying a dive at Bethel Shoal, Florida, when he was attacked by a 12-foot shark. At 90-feet deep, Roseman was dangerously exposed with just a spear gun as a weapon. Jabbing frantically at the giant shark, he managed to drive it off briefly. Unfortunately the shark returned for another attack before the panicking diver finally managed to make a hurried break towards the surface and safety. The video was uploaded by Chris Saunders.

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Richard May 15 2014 at 1:05 PM

I am not seeing an attack here - just a curious shark. Still, its better to jab it off than be taken by suprise should the shark REALLY attack. Better to carry a bang sick and also the spear gun.

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smartenuf2no Richard May 15 2014 at 1:11 PM

You never know what a shark is going to do, as you say, be prepared, but then again, who would be suspecting a great white in those waters. A bull, tiger, mako, yes, and those can be just as dangerous, especially a 12 footer!!!!!

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Angry White Guy May 15 2014 at 3:36 PM

This diver was not being attacked. No aggressive runs at the diver. The shark behavior was simple curiosity.

It is extremely rare for a diver to be attacked by a shark. Since the diver was carrying a spear gun, the odds are that if he had shot a fish *that* might have attracted the shark.

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God Bless You May 15 2014 at 3:49 PM

I don't think that a diver being attack by a white shark have time to take pictures . In that case, what would really attract the shark to me wont be the smell of blood, but the smell of crap. After the picture " Jaws ", you wont catch me going into any beach deeper than two inches...just above my ankle.

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tropicalriderceo May 15 2014 at 3:56 PM

pectoral fins were not down, shark moves were not aggressive, sorry he was freaked out, maybe he should stay out of the water. did he have any fish on his belt? he was spear fishing right?

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austyn May 15 2014 at 3:57 PM

oh good Lord, this is not a shark attack. this is a guy diving and a shark doing what sharks do - swimming around checking things out. they don't just nonchalantly swim up to you and bite, if it was planning to take a bite he never would have seen it coming. you're diving, you see a shark, yeah you should probably keep an eye on it, does it mean you need to get the heck out of the water right now? no. ridiculous.

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chasrhudson May 15 2014 at 4:00 PM

Well the shark just wanted a afternoon snack

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gnobie01 May 15 2014 at 4:08 PM

So many uninformed posts about sharks...this one was curious...nothing more...a full attack and this diver would be food...that spear would be useless shooting a shark that big..poking it the way the diver did just told the shark..go away, I am not food..

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alspoolhall May 15 2014 at 4:16 PM

This is exactly why I stay out of the water; I'm too chicken! Yeah, eaten by a shark that remarks, "Gee, that tasted just like chicken".

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rbnhall6 May 15 2014 at 4:28 PM

What attack??? That beautiful animal was just wondering what the heck those bubblels are. If it had actually attacked, this would have been a very different video!

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Leo rbnhall6 May 15 2014 at 5:37 PM

You got it! If you eneter the ocean.. understand that there are several species of underwater life below. This is there home. So simma down and enjoy the view. There was NO attack. Just checking things out.

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Rick May 15 2014 at 4:33 PM


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bat713 Rick May 15 2014 at 5:50 PM

The diver had a spear gun. Which means he could of had a string of fish that he had speared with him. The shark was interested in the fish not him. If you are a diver and like to spear fish, you have to be aware of sharks. The best defense is to drop your string of fish and leave.

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