Although there are occasional stories in the news of a man or woman getting bitten by a shark while surfing, it isn’t every day that the human is an active predator ready to exact his revenge. Nonetheless, a 28-year-old man from Florida this week who recently had to visit a hospital due to a bad shark bite to the hand decided to get back at the powerful killer. According to UPI News this Thursday, November 18, 2015, Allen Engelman took matters into his own hands when he somehow managed to find the same shark and is now planning to fillet it.
Sharks should be careful not to get on the bad side of this surfer. Mr. Allen Engelman, 28 years old, was bitten by a spinner shark earlier in the month while out surfing near Florida’s own Singer Island. Instead of simply nursing his wound after a visit to the hospital, he instead decided to get some vengeance on the mighty swimmer, clocking in at seven feet in length. After a serious bite and no less than 15 stitches, Engelman says that he returned to the beach this Monday on the lookout for that same spinner shark.
Miraculously, claims the surfer, he found it. The Patch News adds in this odd story a follow-up report this week that the man had taken his five-year-old son with him to scout out the shark’s location, and managed to find it coasting through the area. Although Engelman says he does not have definitive proof that this is indeed the same shark that took a bite out of his hand, he is confident that it is.
“Now that we got the shark that bit my hand we’re going to filet and eat him,” shared the 28-year-old man in a statement. This isn’t the first time Engelman has had experiences with sharks. He claims to be a fairly successful shark hunter as a commercial fisherman, noting that he has captured a number of sharks in previous years and that he is skilled in remembering the size, shape, and structure of sharks. The surfer says he is no less than “100 percent sure” a spinner shark bit him, and is willing to bet this is the same one.
A number of passerby who noticed the remarkable catch seemed off-put by the ensnarement, but others were simply shocked to see the 28-year-old reel the swimming predator in off the beach. Shark fishing is in fact legal on Florida beaches, and as long as they exceed a bit under four and a half feet in length, spinner sharks can be caught and killed. Engelman added that when he was bitten, it was a frightening attack dealt with a powerful blow. He realized soon afterwards he wanted his revenge.
“He was pulling me with a lot of power,” concluded the surfer. “With my right hand I grabbed his pectoral fin. He was tugging on my hand, and I was tugging on him and he let go.” It is believed that poor weather conditions that day led the shark to believe Engelman’s hand was that of a fish. What do you think of this odd news story? Is it a great victory for man over shark?