Dale Pearson saw something thrashing in shallow water outside his home in Puertecitos, Mexico on the Sea of Cortez. He and a friend waded out to help the struggling beast, assuming it was a whale or possibly a hammerhead shark.
Instead, they discovered an injured great white shark. Pearson, a dive boat operator, estimated the adult shark was about 14-15 feet long. Its incredible size and the oddity of it floundering in the shallows induced a boatload of swear-y wonder from the two friends. "That's a fucking white shark," Pearson can be heard saying. "Holy shit."
The video of the injured apex predator went viral after he posted it to his company's Facebook page. In it, Pearson gets awfully close to the shark while staying behind the shark as best he can. Sharks aren't able to move backward with ease.