A spear fisherman diving in the Florida Keys went from being the hunter to being the hunted, dramatic video footage shows.
Parker Simpson was swimming off Boca Chica Key with a fish in his hand on Sunday when an estimated 8-foot reef shark appeared, charging at him from out of the blue.
“This shark came out of nowhere,” Parker wrote in a description on YouTube. “He first went at my dive buddy Justyn but immediately turned toward me.”
The video shows the shark lunging at Simpson’s feet, taking a bite out of his leg and tearing his flipper.
“I assumed he was trying to steal the black grouper I was holding. But after I lost the grouper and watched it swim to the bottom, the shark kept coming at us,” Simpson wrote.
Once breaching the surface, Simpson cries out: “Justyn, get my gun! Get my gun! I have a chunk out of my leg.”
Fortunately, the attack ended almost as soon as it began ― though it did leave Simpson with a pretty nasty wound on his leg that cost him more than a liter of blood, he said.