Article posted on Telegraph.co.uk on Oct.5/10.
Saving a great white shark from certain death is not a task that many people would relish, but that didn’t stop two Australian men from risking their lives while trying to refloat a white pointed that had become stranded.
Andrew Eckersley and a passing surfer try to help the juvenile Great White shark Photo: Newspix
“It was pretty scary at first. This guy in a wetsuit was sort of baling water on to its back by hand and digging out a hole for it on the ocean side,” Mr Eckersley said.
“It was pretty big. I wouldn’t have been able to put my fingers together if I was giving it a cuddle.”
The pair used pieces of wood found on the beach to try to lever the shark out of the sand and into deeper water and also tried pulling it out to sea “inch by inch”, always fearful that the predator would attack them if it had a chance.
“We got it out to about mid-thigh depth and it was starting to perk up again, which was exciting,” Mr Eckersley said.
“I think the other guy started to get his confidence up a bit when he realised it wasn’t going to bite our legs off, so he took it out a bit further.”
The shark eventually swam off to deeper water but was later found dead on the beach.
Sharks rarely become stranded unless they are sick and close to death.