Bondi Beach Drone Photographer Helps Save Spearfisherman from Belligerent Mako Shark

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A drone photographer in Australia is a hero now after going out for a casual flight – and possibly saving a man’s life in the process.

Photo by Vova Krasilnikov from Pexels.

Bondi Beach drone photographer Matt Woods sent his DJI Mavic 2 Zoom for a little excursion and spotted something interesting in the water below. Upon closer inspection, he noticed it was a spearfisherman who was grappling with a Mako shark. Not a good situation by any stretch but, luckily for the fisherman, Matt had his back.

“I spotted the shark straight away as there was a big bait ball of fish and as I got closer I could see it was also circling the diver in the water…The diver was fending the shark off and poking it with his spear gun. The shark then went after his float that is attached to the diver. He was charging it and trying to bite it, thrashing it about,” the drone photographer told the UK’s The Daily Mail.

Woods watched and reported on the spearfisherman’s location while his girlfriend relayed that information to the lifeguards on the telephone. After thirty minutes, the lifeguards were able to rescue the diver who had since clambered onto a rock outcropping to get away from the shark.

“I spotted the shark straight away as there was a big bait ball of fish and as I got closer I could see it was also circling the diver in the water. The diver was fending the shark off and poking it with his spear gun. The shark then went after his float that is attached to the diver. He was charging it and trying to bite it, thrashing it about,” Woods recalled.

You can watch a video of the ordeal here on YouTube at this link.

The Daily Mail does note that it is rare for sharks to attack humans. One thing that is unclear in this case is whether or not the spearfisherman had caught any fish as the mako shark would likely be attracted to that.

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[PetaPixel]

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