Terrifying moment a reef shark attacks a spearfisherman

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  • An unidentified man posted a video to YouTube on Tuesday of a shark attack
  • Footage shows him on a spearfishing trip when a shark comes out of nowhere
  • At first it chews his fin, but then decides that it wants to chomp his leg
  • The man suffered a horrific wound and lost around a litre of blood
  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT 

Sadie Whitelocks for MailOnline

This is the terrifying moment a reef shark attacks a spearfisherman, leaving him with a gaping wound on his leg, with the bone exposed.

The unidentified young man posted a video of the potentially fatal incident to YouTube, explaining how the shark ‘came out of nowhere’.

The footage shows a shark bolting through the clear blue waters of the Florida Keys.

Spotted: This is the terrifying moment a reef shark attacks a spearfisherman, leaving him with a gaping wound on his leg that exposed bone

Spotted: This is the terrifying moment a reef shark attacks a spearfisherman, leaving him with a gaping wound on his leg that exposed bone

Spotted: This is the terrifying moment a reef shark attacks a spearfisherman, leaving him with a gaping wound on his leg that exposed bone

Caught on camera: The unidentified young man posted a video of the incident to YouTube, explaining how the fish 'came out of nowhere'

Caught on camera: The unidentified young man posted a video of the incident to YouTube, explaining how the fish 'came out of nowhere'

Caught on camera: The unidentified young man posted a video of the incident to YouTube, explaining how the fish ‘came out of nowhere’

It goes for the man’s fin, then for several seconds bubbles cloud the view. When they clear, a huge gash can be seen on the man’s leg.

The man is seen clutching it in apparent pain as blood seeps into the ocean.

He seems to bob up and down in shock before making his way back to the boat in the arms of a friend. 

Unable to use his leg efficiently, a woman helps to haul him to the deck.

The incident took place on Sunday while a crew of divers were spearfishing near the Middle Sambo reef.

Recalling the incident, the shark bite victim said: ‘He first went at my dive buddy Justyn but immediately turned toward me.

For several seconds bubbles cloud the view, until things clear to reveal the damage

For several seconds bubbles cloud the view, until things clear to reveal the damage

For several seconds bubbles cloud the view, until things clear to reveal the damage

Damaged goods: The man is seen clutching his leg in apparent pain, as blood seeps into the ocean from a deep gash

Damaged goods: The man is seen clutching his leg in apparent pain, as blood seeps into the ocean from a deep gash

Damaged goods: The man is seen clutching his leg in apparent pain, as blood seeps into the ocean from a deep gash

Gory: Apparently the shark tore through the skin, fat tissue, muscle,  and the man's  tibial artery which caused him to lose more than a litre of blood

Gory: Apparently the shark tore through the skin, fat tissue, muscle,  and the man's  tibial artery which caused him to lose more than a litre of blood

Gory: Apparently the shark tore through the skin, fat tissue, muscle, and the man’s tibial artery which caused him to lose more than a litre of blood

‘He first bit my left fin then took a chunk out of the right one before biting my leg and cutting the speargun line. 

‘I assumed he was trying to steal the black grouper I was holding. But after I lost the grouper and watched it swim to the bottom, the shark kept coming at us! 

‘Justyn went back down for my gun and actually shoved it in the shark’s mouth like a badass!

‘The shark then took it straight to the bottom while we rushed back to the boat and safety.’ 

He seems to bob up and down in shock before making his way back to the boat. Unable to use his leg efficiently, a woman helps haul the man on to the deck

He seems to bob up and down in shock before making his way back to the boat. Unable to use his leg efficiently, a woman helps haul the man on to the deck

He seems to bob up and down in shock before making his way back to the boat. Unable to use his leg efficiently, a woman helps haul the man on to the deck

As a caution to others, the man highlighted the importance of diving with a friend and someone who is trained in first aid

As a caution to others, the man highlighted the importance of diving with a friend and someone who is trained in first aid

As a caution to others, the man highlighted the importance of diving with a friend and someone who is trained in first aid

He concluded: 'This clearly could have been much worse! Happy to still have my leg even with a piece missing! And we even got my speargun back'

He concluded: 'This clearly could have been much worse! Happy to still have my leg even with a piece missing! And we even got my speargun back'

He concluded: ‘This clearly could have been much worse! Happy to still have my leg even with a piece missing! And we even got my speargun back’

As a caution to others, the man highlighted the importance of diving with a friend and someone who is trained in first aid. 

He concluded: ‘I would not have made it back to the boat without the help of another strong swimmer and would have bled out had I not been patched up so well. 

‘The shark tore through the skin, fat tissue, muscle, muscle sheath, and unfortunately my tibial artery which caused me to lose more than a litre of blood.

‘This clearly could have been much worse! Happy to still have my leg even with a piece missing! And we even got my speargun back.’  

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