Image Credit: Dale Pearson
When Dale Pearson saw a large creature thrashing around in shallow water near his house in Baja California, Mexico, his first thought was that it might be a whale or a hammerhead shark.
With intentions of saving the animal, he grabbed his camera phone and a friend and set out for the water. As they got closer, they realized it was no whale…it was a MASSIVE great white shark.
Warning: There is explicit language in this video that is not suitable for children.
According to Pearson, a dive boat operator who has experience with shark research missions, the shark appeared to be an estimated 14 feet long and was struggling in around 3 feet of water.
“It would come in to the shallows and lay there motionless, then it would move out again swimming to six feet of water, circle back in, come int another spot and lay there motionless,” Pearson told HuffPost.
As you can see in the video, the shark has a huge open wound just behind its dorsal fin. Which Pearson stated was likely caused by a strike from a boat propellor.
Officials from the Marine Conservation Science Institute, who views the video after it went viral on Pearson’s companies Facebook page, said the injuries would not result in thee death of the shark.
“The are exceptionally tough with incredible healing ability,” the institute wrote.