07/23/2012 02:19 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Mako Shark Surprises Diver Jim Abernethy During Marlin Expedition In Bahamas (VIDEO)

Marlin fishing can be quite a thrill, but one diver who was photographing a recent expedition in the Bahamas got some excitement he didn't bargain for.

Diver Jim Abernethy, an undersea photographer and shark expert, was shooting a blue marlin that had been hooked as part of a Guy Harvey expedition near Cat Island in the Bahamas.

Suddenly, a 10-foot mako shark zooms past on Abernethy's lower right. In an instant, the calm scene erupts with bubbles and Abernethy's frightened swearing.

WARNING: Video Contains Adult Language

Back on the boat, Abernethy, still visibly shaken from his encounter, joked that the large mako shark "had been working at Gold's Gym and taking steroids all his life." The crew estimated that the shark weighed about 600 lbs.

The video was uploaded to YouTube on July 18, and has been viewed more than 1.3 million times at time of writing.

Noted as one of the fastest fish in the ocean, shortfin mako sharks have been clocked achieving underwater speeds of more than 45 mph. Although the crew was impressed with this individual's size, mako sharks measuring more than 12-feet and weighing more than 1,250 pounds have been observed.

Other close calls with sharks have been reported this summer. Earlier this July, video of a woman that nearly caught what is thought to be a bull shark from a dock went viral on the Internet, and two spear fishers in Western Australian waters recently fended off an great white shark that interrupted their dive.


(Via the Daily What)