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Shocking Video of Dive Guide Attacking Sharks

PAY Guide Punches Shark

Leading dive operator Stuart Cove in the Bahamas has sacked a dive guide after he was filmed aggressively punching a shark. 

The guide on an organised shark feed lost his temper when a group of nurse sharks tried to take the food from his bait box.

A diver on the shark feed, Nicholas Jones, filmed the guide violently punching one shark twice and then grabbing numerous nurse sharks by their tails and fins dragging them away from the bait box.

"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,' said Jones, an accountant from the Cayman Islands.

'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 [freaking] respect."'

Jones wrote on an Instagram post about the incident:  'Awesome experience, but I don't think it was really necessary for the guide to beat the [crap] out of the nurse shark.'

Stuart Cove moved quickly when the video appeared on social media and sacked the guide.

A spokesman issued a statement about the incident: 'Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas has always and will continue to stand for shark conservation, protection of sharks and the respectful treatment of sharks.
 
'We have been closely involved in shutting down the terrible practice of finning and turning the Bahamas into a shark sanctuary.
 
'The entire management team has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to staff or guests offending marine life. We were shocked to see the video of one our shark feeders punching nurse sharks. The guide has been released the very same day from all duties and was dismissed with immediate effect.
 
'He himself was shocked how much he lost control and was very apologetic about the incidence. We have discussed the issue with all our shark feeders and re-iterated the strict rules applying to shark feeds. We will continue with the programme, as it is an excellent tool to demonstrate the beauty, elegance and importance of these animals.'
 

 

 

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