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Man literally fights off shark to save friend

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Plunging a knife in again and again, diver Craig Clasen grapples with a 12ft tiger shark to protect a friend.

For two hours he wrestled with the giant, spearing it seven times, even drowning the beast before eventually finishing it off with a knife.

The group were about to leave the deep waters south of the Mississippi River’s mouth, when Ryan McInnis found himself alone in the company of a tiger shark.

With no time to lose, Clasen grabbed his speargun and swam to his stranded friend, who was being circled by the giant predator.

‘I positioned myself between Ryan and the shark and I tried to watch it for a second, hoping it would pass us by,’ explained 32-year-old Clasen.

‘The shark made a roll and looked like it was going to charge us so I just went ahead and took the conservative route and put a shaft through its gills.

Clasen has been free diving and fishing since an early age. Hailing from Mississippi, he was brought up in a fishing family, and is an expert in all fishing disciplines. Despite his experience, Clasen took no pleasure in disposing of the giant shark.

‘This was one of the most remorseful moments I have ever had in all of my years in hunting, gathering and fishing,’ explains Clasen.

‘Personally I never shoot anything or kill anything that I am not going to eat.’


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      05/04/2009 at 5:52 pm

  2. Craig was born and raised in New Orleans, La.

    P. L. Forrest

    03/12/2009 at 7:21 am

  3. Craig, I heard you on CNN and I must say that you say “ya know” way too often. Very annoying habit.


    03/13/2009 at 12:48 pm

  4. This was epic… A man fighting a shark with jsut spears and a knife in water… Way to go buddy.

    Fishing in Alaska

    03/14/2009 at 10:50 am

  5. I dont know how you can be so proud of your actions – as a diving instructor and experienced shark diver/feeder i have had a lot of interatcions with sharks
    1) it only came around because YOU were spearfishing
    2) It was not necessary to kill the shark
    3)You could have got away from the shark and to safety in less than 2 hours and without killing it
    4) if you were so remorseful why did you feel the need to eat it?
    5) Are you telling everyone you have recieved NO financial gain from all this biased publicity.

    You should be ashamed – when these apex predators all have gone and the worlds aqautic ecosystems are in chaos you can pat yourself on the back for not only helping the demise but for adding to the misconceptions the general public have regading these fantastic creatures.

    Stephanie Wallwork

    03/17/2009 at 9:36 pm

  6. i feel sad for the shark. I agree with stephanie, i’m just sixteen but I know that sharks aren’t always out for the hunt, they’re just curious animals. I resent those people who see sharks as monsters when they are such beautiful creatures important to the survival of the aquatic biodiversity. You shouldn’t resort to violence all the time, you guys had all the time you needed to escape. 😦


    10/26/2010 at 11:11 pm

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