A man from Boedga Bay in Sonoma County, California was fishing earlier this month when tragedy nearly struck. James White felt something big tug on the end of his line while fishing on the shore.
White told NBC, “the only way I think I was able to get the line back is because it was swimming towards me.”
White’s line was caught in the mouth of a 6-foot long sevengill shark, and it was swimming rapidly towards him. White attempted to remove the hook from the shark, but in doing so was bit in the leg.
White recalls, “immediately there was blood everywhere, the first bite punctured an artery. The pressure was intense.” White screamed for help to other fisherman nearby, but White’s dog, a one-year-old pitbull, was the first one to his aid.
Darby sprinted towards the shark from White’s nearby car and sunk his teeth into its gills. This actually caused the shark to bite down harder on White. Darby realized this wasn’t working and went for the tail instead, managing to pull it off his owner’s leg.
White then got the shark back into the waters where it swam away. If it wasn’t for Darby, the shark may have done a lot more damage to White. “If it wasn’t for him I would have been a lot worse,” said White.