December 12, 2019

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Angry diving guide repeatedly shark and drags another by its tail in front of horrified tourists in Bahamas

BYDAVE BURKE From Mirror UK

A witness claimed the guide told onlookers he was demanding ‘f****** respect’ from the gentle sharks after the incident was captured on underwater footage

A distressing video shows a diving guide repeatedly punching a shark before dragging another with its tail in front of horrified tourists in the Bahamas.

The vicious worker is seen lashing out at the nurse shark while trying to disperse a group of large fish, who were trying to get food.

The shocking clip also shows him throw the shark out of the way, before dragging another by its tail.

Afterwards, a witness said, the guide told onlookers he was demanding ‘f****** respect’ from the gentle sharks.

Stunned accountant Nicholas Jones, who filmed the underwater violence, said the sharks were trying to get food because the instructor hadn’t locked a bait box properly.

The shocking video shows the guide lashing out at the shark (Image: Nicholas Jones / mediadrumworld.)

The sharks were attempting to get food from a bait box which had not been properly closed (Image: Nicholas Jones / mediadrumworld.)

The 33-year-old, from the , said: “This happened twice over the course of the dive.

“Nurse sharks are clever, and are able to use their suction and flexible manoeuvres to get food out of tight places.

“The guide did not lock the bait box properly twice and proceeded to punish the sharks for their innate ability and natural reaction to accessible food on a shark-feeding dive.

Nicholas Jones, who filmed the footage, was horrified by what he saw (Image: Nicholas Jones / mediadrumworld.)

The diving guide was seen repeatedly lashing out at the nurse shark (Image: Nicholas Jones / mediadrumworld.)

The horrifying footage was taken in the Bahamas (Image: Nicholas Jones / mediadrumworld.)
“So basically, the shark feeder lost his temper with the nurse sharks and punched them because of his own mistake.

“If the nurse sharks had eaten all of the chum the reef sharks would have left the ‘arena’ and the show would have been over.

“Upon surfacing when the guide was questioned about his treatment of the sharks he responded ‘Yeah, sometimes you just have to demand some f****** respect’.”

The abhorrent act of violence against the peaceful shark was just the latest distasteful behaviour Nicholas observed on the dive.

“Coming from the Cayman Islands we are accustomed to dive operators who provide first class service which includes a detailed safety and educational information briefing,” he explained.

The shark was punched repeatedly in the distressing video (Image: Nicholas Jones / mediadrumworld.)
“For the first dive, the reef was completely dead, rubble, and bleached.

“Now, I know that coral reefs are under serious stress world-wide but when I saw one of the guests holding on to one of the last remaining coral heads with her thick gloves (diving with gloves is illegal for this reason in Cayman), I understood why this particular area was so bad.

“There was no mention or reminder of proper diving etiquette during the briefing before the dive. Coral is a very fragile animal and should never be handled by humans.

“We arrived at the ‘arena’ and it was amazing having the sharks around. However, one of the grabbed a nurse shark aggressively by the tail. I brushed it off.”

For more on this story and video go to: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/angry-diving-guide-repeatedly-punches-11244406

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