A Greenland shark found nearly choking to death on a moose hide last weekend on a beach in Newfoundland, Canada. Two men on the beach saved the struggling predator.
The discovery was made Saturday by Derrick Chaulk, who while driving through Norris Arm North, Nfld., when he noticed the massive beached fish that according to his estimates was approximately 2.5 meters long and weighed upwards of 250 pounds.
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Upon closer inspection, Chaulk noticed that the shark was still alive and choking on a two-foot wide chunk of moose hide, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported
Area hunters are reportedly known for discarding unwanted pieces of meat left over from the animal they've killed into the ocean.
"[The moose] had the fur and all the liner on it — it was about two feet long, maybe," Chaulk told the CBC.
Another passerby, Jeremy Ball, then arrived on the scene and according to Chaulk the two men then pulled the moose hide out of the shark's mouth together.
"A couple yanks and it just came right out," Chaulk told the CBC. "
The two men then tied a rope around the shark's tail, and pushed and pulled the shark into deeper water.
"He pulled the rope, and I pushed with my boot," Chaulk said, "and between the two of us we got him out into deeper water."
According to Chaulk, the Greenland shark had been in about 12 inches of water for the few minutes it took them to dislodge the moose meat and get the fish into deeper water.
"Then all of a sudden, the water started coming out of his gills and he started breathing," Chaulk said.
According to Discovery.com, Greenland sharks are typically found
in North Atlantic waters close to Greenland and Iceland and are not common in Canadian waters. Though their diet mostly consists of other fish, they have been known to eat horses, bears and a reindeer among other large animals.
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