Video: North Carolina Man Gets Bitten By Blacktip Shark, Pours Bleach on the Wound: 'Ahhhhhhhhhh'

A North Carolina charter boat captain was bitten in the leg by a five-foot long blacktip shark in an incident captured on video.

Rick Caton was taking a group of anglers fishing in the waters of the Hatteras Inlet estuary when one caught the blacktip.

The boat captain went to help the fisherman reel it in with a gaff—a pole with a hook on the end used to stab large fish and lift them out the water—but as the men dragged the shark into the boat, the animal bit Caton in the right shin, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

In the video of the incident, Caton can be heard screaming in pain, "Agh... he's got me," before yelling for someone to bring him a knife.

"I was pushing its head against the corner so it couldn't shake," Caton told the Virginian-Pilot. "He had his mouth all around my leg, and that probably was good because he would have taken a big chunk out of me."

Once one of the fisherman had brought him a knife, Caton stabbed the shark in the back and head, causing the animal to loosen its grip and free his leg.

Caton then sat down on a chair on the deck and shouted for someone to bring him some bleach to clean the wound of potentially harmful bacteria, which are prevalent in the mouths of sharks. But adding the bleach to the wound caused Caton even more pain.

It is recommended to use soap and water, to clean shark injuries such as these, according to WebMD. While bleach does kill pathogens, it is not recommended for this purpose because not only is it extremely painful, it can damage tissue and also kill good bacteria which help to protect the body as it heals.

"Not sure what was worse, the bite or the Clorox. But those things have all kinds of crap in their mouths and I wasn't taking no chance," Caton said. "It's pretty sore today. I've got to get it looked at because the nurse that helped me out said she thinks there might still be some teeth in the bone."

"I called a nurse I knew and she had already taken the ferry back to Ocracoke," Caton said. "But she rode it back over and fixed me up real good."

Caton eventually cooked and ate the blacktip—a species that has been implicated in 28 confirmed, non-fatal, unprovoked attacks on humans around the world, according to the International Shark Attack File.

Blacktips—which can grow up to eight feet long and nearly 300 pounds in weight—are considered a "Near Threatened" Species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, as they face risks from overfishing by both recreational and commercial fisherman.

The species gets its name from the distinctive black markings on the tips of its fins, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History. They tend to be timid in nature but that often come into contact with humans because they like to forage in shallower waters. These close encounters can lead to bites—in most cases, because the animal mistakes a body part for prey.

Despite several recent reports of shark attacks in the Atlantic Ocean, they are actually very rare—and fatal incidents are even rarer. In fact, last year there were just 66 unprovoked attacks around the world—down from a global average of 85 over the past decade—according to the Florida Program for Shark Research.

"You're more likely to die taking a selfie than being bitten by a shark," Tyler Bowling, manager program told NBC News. "The odds are crazy."

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Stock photo: A blacktip shark. iStock