May 6, 2021

Scuba instructor plucks knife out of shark’s head in Cayman Islands

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Incredible moment a scuba instructor plucks a knife out of a nurse shark’s head in the Cayman Islands

  • A scuba diver instructor removed a knife from a nurse shark near Snapper Reef
  • Brett Johnson gently plucked the knife from its head and the shark swam away 
  • The knife was removed February 27 and the shark seemed uninjured as it was spotted swimming around the reef on Wednesday 

A scuba diving instructor in the Cayman Islands rescued a nurse shark by pulling a knife out of its head.

Brett Johnson was leading a tour of scuba divers when he noticed the ailing shark near Snapper Reef in Cayman Brac last Monday.

The 30-year-old gently plucked the knife from its head and the little shark swam away.

Johnson told the Cayman Compass: ‘At first it looked like it was just sleeping as most nurse sharks usually are, but then we noticed something coming out of its head.

‘I can’t say what happened or why it ended up getting knifed in the head, but fortunately it came out easy enough and the shark seems to be doing all right. It was seen again on Wednesday swimming around the same reef.’

Johnson said it would be a good idea to post signs to remind swimmers that it is illegal to take sharks from the Cayman waters where they are a protected species.

IMAGES: The shark was swimming around the same reef Wednesday after having the knife removed

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