A Wednesday at the beach turned into a once-in-a-lifetime experience for 16-year-old Austin Masone.
The teen was at the beach in Indialantic, Florida, with his cousin when he noticed a fisherman struggling with a catch.
“I saw the guy with a rod in his hand, and it was probably bent over a lot,” Austin recalled. “And then we saw in the surf this giant fin.”
The giant fin Austin spotted actually belonged to a 10’4 hammerhead shark!
Fishing for hammerheads at that beach is legal, as long as the sharks are set free. However, Austin quickly realized something was wrong.
“I knew if they let that thing stay on land too much it would die,” the teen said.
Apparently, a fisherman and his friend were competing in a shark-fishing tournament. Once the massive hammerhead was caught, they were struggling to send him back into the water.
That’s when Austin decided to jump into action.
The teen grabbed the shark with his bare hands, helping to pull the fish back into the water.
But the shark — obviously confused — fought against them, unwillingly pushing himself back onto the beach. Austin found himself with burns on his chest and neck, due to the shark’s hard and sandpaper-like skin.
“So we had to drag it back into the water again,” said Austin. “But once we got it going in the right direction, it started swimming off as fast as it could.”
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