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Video: Surfers at Venice Beach rescue baby great white shark

Posted Sep 28, 2011 by Jane Fazackarley
A group of visitors to Venice Beach, California were greeted with an unexpected sight when they spotted a baby great white shark wash up close to the beach in need of rescue.
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By Alexey Semeneev (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikim
The video has recently been added to YouTube and shows how some of the surfers helped to rescue the baby great white shark which was found with a fishing hook caught in its mouth.
The footage shows a crowd gathering round as they notice the shark close to the shoreline. As the crowd looks on, a few of the surfers nearest to the shark enter the water to see if they can help.
The shark looks pretty lifeless as it is dragged onto the wet sand and it is seen lying on its back as it lies on the beach. A woman can be heard on the video asking “Are you going to save it?” before saying “pull the hook out” and urging the group not to kill it.
As some of the crowd take pictures, a surfer dressed in yellow patterned board shorts and a black top steps forward and takes a moment to remove the fishing hook from the shark’s mouth. The shark is then carried back into the sea by a group of four surfers.
The YouTube video was uploaded at the weekend and has attracted more than 14,000 views so far. One commentator writes:
“To the dude in the yellow shorts: You are JAWSOME! Thank You!”
Shark sightings are not uncommon in the California area, the Shark Research Committee list a record of numerous sightings throughout 2011 and ABC Local reports that Southern California is a “hot spot’ for great white sharks.
According to the Pew Environment Group, 30% of sharks are in danger of extinction and PEW say that the marine mammals are vulnerable to over-exploitation and overfishing.