Sharks are among the most majestic creatures on the planet, and their capacity for mystery, strength, and anxiety-inducing terror are unmatched on the high seas. Every once in a while though, even sharks get in trouble, as Brett Johnson, a Cayman Islands scuba diving instructor, recently learned.
He came across a small, 3-foot nurse shark while on a dive with his students, and the shark had a 12-inch kitchen knife sticking out of its forehead.
Suffice to say this was a pretty fucked up thing to see, enough that one of the students caught it on video. "Obviously something wasn’t right and I moved in for a closer look," Johnson later told Cayman 27, the local news station. The video (below) shows him cautiously approaching the nurse shark, swimming along the floor of the Caribbean Sea among a hanging reef.
"At that point, the shark turned around and settled right below me as if asking for help," Johnson said.
Johnson gently removed the knife without touching the shark's body, and the shark swam away, injured, but knife-free.