Spearfishing is one of the most dangerous activities that snorkelers and divers can do while in the ocean because of the blood that is produced from the activity can attract a shark.
I have not personally spearfished as of yet. I do plan on spearfishing when I complete my PADI Advanced Open Water certification. The dive outfit that I dive with goes out in the Gulf of Mexico to an abandoned oil rig and it serves as a artificial reef.
There are some great tips regarding spearfishing here at SpearfishingPlanet.com.
The video shows Wirt and his buddy spearing several fish. They seem to be following protocol, removing fish quickly from the water once speared, keeping a distance from sharks and staying with their buddy.
Captain Wirt forfeits at least one fish to the hungry shark in the video. Wirt and his dive partner do a good job keeping the shark in sight. Sharks rely on sneak attacks so it is always a good idea to have several divers in the water. Never scuba alone and especially spearfishing.
Toward the end
Tip number 10 on SpearfishingPlanet.com says “Listen to your inner voice!” I agree completely. Go with your gut! If things seem a bit out of hand with a shark or it is getting even slightly aggressive get out!
You can view the video for yourself at the end of the page.
Sand Tiger Shark ( Carcharias taurus )
Sand Tigers are often considered very aggressive based on their looks. This species is relatively docile however. Scuba divers interact with them often. They are large and have vicious teeth protruding from their jaws which incites fear in humans. However they are normally indifferent to humans. Sand Tigers roam the surf and there have been a few incidents of attacks on humans but no fatalities as their jaws are not large enough to cause significant damage. You can read more in depth on the species here.