Mark Healy Stiff Arms a Tiger Shark!
Big Wave Charger Fends Off Charging Shark
Quiksilver‘s Professional Big Wave surfer Mark Healey has had plenty of encounters with big fish. Healey, a professional spear-fisherman and free diver as well, has had numerous rides on Great White sharks and Tiger sharks over the last few years and has the GoPro footage to prove it. But after a recent dive with sharks, a large Tiger shark became increasingly aggressive towards the Hawaiian surfer.
As the 12ft shark approached Healey, he had to fend it off with a shove to the nose.Watch the video here.
In a recent interview with Surfing Magazine’s Taylor Paul, Healey described the situation:
SM – “Do you think there would ever be a time when people could pay to have someone help them get on a shark?”
Healey – “Not with great whites, and not with tigers. But there could be a way to pull it off. When I did that GoPro shoot with Roberta [Mancino], I got her onto that tiger shark and she’d never done it before. Which was great. But when we were heading back to the boat, about a half hour after we’d got on that shark and it was really mellow, it turned on me. I was on the surface and it swam right at me [see above video]. And since I didn’t have anything in my hands, I basically had to give this 12-foot tiger shark the Heisman. And that just shows how quickly things can change, because that shark could not have been more disinterested in us earlier.”
That’s a pretty heavy situation to be in, and only an experienced waterman could have handled it with the calm demeanor that Healey displays in the video. Regardless, as more and more people dive with sharks, trouble is bound to happen. It’s just a matter of when, not if.