Bull Shark Capsizes Fisherman’s Kayak Off Stuart’s Coast, And It’s All On Video
July 2, 2015 — Capt. Ben Chancey has done it again.
The fishing captain, who posted a video of man on a kayak catching a 552-pound goliath grouper in May, is now the star of a clip in which a bull shark topples his kayak, forcing him to swim to safety.
Chancey said he was fishing for goliath groupers off the coast of Stuart on June 25 when a bull shark took his bait and ultimately capsized his kayak.
His first thought when he hit the water: “Are my flip-flops still on my feet?”
Chancey said he battled the shark for about 20 minutes after it got hooked. Once he got it up onto the side of his kayak, the vessel flipped over. He swam as fast as he could to get back into the support boat, but after his group realized the shark was still on the line pulling the kayak away, Chancey hopped right back into the vessel to finish the fight.
He said he ended up catching the shark but ultimately released it.
Bull sharks, which are known for their aggression, are one of three species most likely to attack humans, according to National Geographic. (The other two are tiger sharks and great whites. Yikes.)
Having kayak fished only about five times total, Chancey called the experience a “major adrenaline rush.”
“When they’re pulling you around [in the boat], it’s kind of like a big roller coaster under water,” he said.
Even though this is Chancey's second viral video in about a month, he says he doesn’t put himself into these situations on purpose.
“We’re out filming trying to catch fish,” said Chancey, who hosts the fishing show “Chew On This” on YouTube. “We have no control over what happens.”
Hold your breath as you watch the video for yourself here: