California Spearfisherman Jumps Off Boat To Swim With Basking Shark, Panics When He Finds It Might Be A Great White

I mean come on man you’re just asking about it here.

It’s no different than someone walking up to a bison, or a bear, or one of those dumb tourists who go to Yellowstone National Park or whatever. If you’re not looking for trouble, it’s not going to happen.

Something about the ocean makes me seem even crazier. At least on land, that’s our element, in the water we hardly stand a chance against anything that lives there. We’re not all Michael Phelps.

Well, jumping in the water with a shark definitely wouldn’t cross my mind, especially without safety nets.

I understand they thought it was a basking shark. There is no risk with them, they are planktonic sharks so the risk is minimal to say the least.

But unless you’re an expert and just spending some time with the guys, it might not be wise to speculate. This guy found that out by jumping off the back of the boat into what they thought was a basking shark.

“That was a bad idea”

“Guys, that’s not, hooo!”

When you hear the screams of fear, everyone realizes what just happened.

“It’s not a basking shark, dude”

They thought he might have jumped with a Great White, the notorious killer. The panic you can hear in his voice is well deserved given what they’ve done. Later, after everything calmed down, they continued to inspect and confirmed that it was indeed a basking shark.

California resident Maxwell Fleming told Storyful that the video was captured in spring 2019 while the pair were spearfishing in the Channel Islands.

“We spotted a fin in the water, approached it slowly and realized it was a basking shark.

Ryder and I actually talked about wanting to swim with a basking shark a few days earlier after hearing rumors that they were in the area at this time of year.”

Close, brother… California Spearfisherman Jumps Off Boat To Swim With Basking Shark, Panics When He Finds It Might Be A Great White

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