Saturday, September 21, 2019

Man Saved From Shark Attack By Family Dog


As reported by People Magazine

It was a warm summer day when James White, of Rohnert Park, California, was fishing from the shore at Bodega Bay in Sonoma County.   He thought he had hooked a big fish and was trying to pull it in.   He was in shallow water and realized what was tugging on the line was  a 6-foot long sevengill shark. White attempted to remove the hook and free the shark, but the shark grabbed and bit his leg.  

White yelled out in pain to nearby fisherman for help.  He realized there was blood everywhere and that the first bite had punctured an artery.  That's when Darby, White's loyal dog, jumped out of the car (he managed to get the door open himself!) to save his Dad. Darby is a one year old pitbull who was waiting patiently in the car while Dad went fishing.  Darby tried to get the shark to let go by biting at the shark's gills but that only caused the shark to grip White's ankle harder.  So Darby tried a different way and grabbed the shark by the tail and pulled him off his Dad.  White tossed the shark back in the water when it was safe and the shark swam away.   After the ordeal White said "his love for the pooch got stronger" and now White has quite the "fish tale" to report.  

Photo:  Courtesy of NBC Bay Area