GoPro Footage Shows What It's Like to be Eaten by a Shark


JAWS is the scariest horror movie ever made. Let's get that out of the way first. If your parents were like mine and somehow thought it was a good idea to show you JAWS when you were a child you know what I'm talking about. Forget to be afraid of swimming in Oceans or Lakes (thanks, Jason Voorhees) JAWS made you afraid to swim in a pool at night. 

It's irrational and a completely nonsensical fear, but it's based on reality, which is what makes it scary. Sharks are real, they exist, and they have on occasion made the choice to bite people. That's what makes this GoPro footage from Raymond Pascoe chilling. 

(SIDE NOTE: Check out our HERO 6 Black first impressions HERE.)

Raymond and his wife Liz were visiting the Swains Reef National Park from Queensland took a fishing trip for the day. After filleting the days catch on his boat he decided to throw the scraps to the school of Lemon Sharks swimming by. Now, Lemon Sharks can grow up to 11 feet in length and are usually ignorants of humans, even though they themselves have been overfished in the last few years for their meat and skin, which believe it or not can be used as leather. 


The camera shows the sharks swimming around looking for more prey as a school of fish bravely swim beside them... and then the Bull Shark comes along. Bull Sharks are about the same length, 11ft, as a Lemon Shark, but they're much stockier and much more aggressive, territorial by nature and have almost zero tolerance for provocation. According to National Geographic:

Bull sharks are the most dangerous sharks in the world, according to many experts. This is because they're an aggressive species of shark, and they tend to hunt in waters where people often swim: along tropical shorelines.

In a story by KELLY-ANN MILLS for the MIRROR Raymond says:

"Liz and I had been fishing in the morning and the deckhands were filleting our catch whilst we had lunch. The filleted fish carcasses are normally thrown back over the side, or used to feed the gentle lemon sharks."
"Normally the bull sharks stay down at the bottom but I had noticed - and commented to someone immediately before the bite - that they were getting more aggressive and had come up to the surface.
"In the footage you can see one of the bull sharks tussle with a lemon shark for a fish carcass which stirred them up even more.
"I didn't see the bite coming as the GoPro looks nothing like a fish carcass and the camera was probably only one foot under the water."
The 47-year-old had his camera on the end of a pole, which was fastened to his hand by a strap, but they were no match for the bull shark.
He recalled: "I would like to say that I tussled with the shark as I had a good grip on the camera pole, but it happened so quickly that I had no chance.
"The camera and pole were ripped from my grip and the wrist strap broke instantly.My first thought was 'what the hell just happened?' My second was 'jump in after it' and my third was 'don't be stupid'. I then thought 'that is a lot of money, can I explain that to my insurance?'
"Immediately afterward I turned to the people on the boat and said that a shark just took my GoPro, which provoked some animated discussion for about 12 seconds. Then the camera's bright orange float surfaced 15m from the main boat. It took me about 30secs to untie the tender, start the and drive over to pick the camera up."