Who Needs a Bigger Boat? Man Handles Shark Bare-Handed at Delaware Beach

Chief Brody was wrong. They didn't need a bigger boat; they just needed this guy, who can partly subdue a shark with his bare hands.

What a great way to spend Father’s Day!! We all had an amazing time ! Plus this guy caught this shark 3 cars down from...

Posted by Rachael Foster on Sunday, June 21, 2020

In a viral video posted to Facebook over Father's Day weekend, on June 21, a man at Delaware's Cape Henlopen State Park Beach can be seen with his arms wrapped around a shark in what looks to be fairly shallow water.

While the man in the video is unknown, the woman who filmed and posted the video is named Rachael Foster. In an update to her original post, she wrote that a friend of the man in the video hooked a shark while fishing, and the man was helping to remove the hook and later took the shark to deeper water and released it. In a Facebook comment, Foster wrote that it "felt like a movie" with all the people around yelling, "shark!" In another comment, she clarified that it was a sand shark, which is a common species in Delaware.

Foster told The Salisbury Daily Times that despite being a regular beachgoer, she had never seen anything what like she captured in the video. "It was so cool," she told the Daily Times. "And we come on the beaches a lot. Probably two to three times a week. But we've never experienced anything like that."

Newsweek contacted Foster via direct message over social media, asking for further comment, but did not hear back by time of this article's publication.

In other Facebook comments, people admired the man's bravery and handling of the whole situation. One commenter asked if he was single. "[T]he gentleman handling that 'big a** shark' has some big a** muscles," another commenter wrote.

Other people criticized shark fishing and seemingly did not realize that the man later released the shark into deeper water. "The test of wills stops when a 5 inch hook goes into the jaw of a [sic] innocent animal and brought to sure by a he man so he can get his rocks off... next time I'm surfing out I'm cutting shark lines with my fins," one man wrote.

The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife has strict regulations for shark fishing. As noted on the organization's website, possessing fins from certain sharks is prohibited, and it's illegal to release the listed sharks "in a manner that will not ensure the maximum probability of survival."

A Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control spokesperson told Newsweek that the shark was indeed a sand shark and a prohibited species.

"Shore-based shark fishing is allowed in Delaware," the spokesperson said. "However, prohibitive shark species must be immediately released and anglers should minimize handling them to increase their chances of survival. Our department of natural resources and environmental control experts did review the video from media reports and our wildlife experts confirm that the shark is a sand-type of shark, which is a prohibited species."

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n this handout photo released by the COEX Aquarium, Sand tiger shark with a Banded hound shark in its mouth at COEX Aquarium on January 29, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea. A viral video captured over Father's Day weekend showed a man unhooking a shark at a Delaware beach. COEX Aquarium/Getty