Most people are terrified of sharks. Humans kill way more sharks every year than sharks kill humans; however, it’s hard to undo the impact of all of the media that portrays sharks as vicious killers. Even if someone saw a shark in need and felt sympathetic they would probably be too afraid to do anything about it. One exception to this likelihood, is Iñaki, a scuba diving instructor near Byron Bay, Australia.

While on a dive, Iñaki noticed a shark who had a fishing net hanging out of his mouth. The shark seemed weak and Iñaki knew that if he didn’t do anything, the shark wouldn’t survive as nets often keep entangled animals from being able to eat. Iñaki swam up and began his attempt to free the shark from the life-threatening net. The shark seemed to understand what was going on and allowed Iñaki to help him. It took a few attempts, but finally, Iñaki was able to pull the huge net from the shark’s mouth! A few moments after, the shark returned with another shark and shared eye contact with Iñaki before swimming away. Now Iñaki educates people about the harm that ocean pollution causes and encourages people to protect marine animals by properly disposing of their trash.

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The trust and bravery that both Iñaki and the shark showed, inspire us beyond measure. We are so glad that someone was there for this poor animal before it was too late. We hope that Iñaki’s story is just as heartwarming for you as it was for us.

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