Nurse Shark With Kitchen Knife In Head

A GROUP of scuba divers have been filmed saving a shark that has a large kitchen knife sticking out of its head.

Diving instructor Brett Johnson was leading a group of tourists on a dive in the Cayman Islands when he saw the stricken creature.

ivers came to the shark’s assistance after noticing the knife in its head

YouTube / Matt Lamers

Divers came to the shark’s assistance after noticing the knife in its head

Brett Johnson spotted the stricken creature on a dive in the Cayman Islands

YouTube / Matt Lamers

Brett Johnson spotted the stricken creature on a dive in the Cayman Islands

Brett, 30, said he sprang into action after noticing the huge blade sticking out of the animal’s head as it lay on the seabed.

Footage shows him swimming down towards it as it hovers around the bottom.

He slowly approaches so as not to spook it before gently pulling the kitchen implement out.

The grateful fish then swims off towards the cameraman – showing the shocking wound left in its head.

Brett told the Cayman Compass: “At first it looked like it was just sleeping as most nurse sharks usually are, but then we noticed something coming out of its head.

“I can’t say what happened or why it ended up getting knifed in the head, but fortunately it came out easy enough and the shark seems to be doing all right.

“It was seen again on Wednesday swimming around the same reef.”

The diving instructor approached the animal slowly before pulling the blade out

YouTube / Matt Lamers

The diving instructor approaches the animal slowly before pulling the blade out

A deep cut could be seen in the shark's head as it swam away

YouTube / Matt Lamers

A deep cut can be seen in the shark’s head as it swims away towards the cameraman

Nurse sharks are slow-moving bottom dwellers and are not generally considered dangerous to humans.

They sometimes bite if they feel threatened but are generally not aggressive, feeding on small fish and squid.

The incident has sparked fears for the animals in the islands, where they have been protected since 2015.

Eating and Drinking Before Diving

Everybody knows that it’s not a good idea to drink (alcohol) before going diving.  But, what happens when you eat a LOT of food before you go?

Remember how our moms always used to tell us to wait thirty minutes after eating our lunch/snacks/dinner/whatever before going back into the pool?  Back then I always seemed to have a super natural ability to detect when my mother was full of shit with her notes on what’s best for child rearing. That bit about how I shouldn’t go back to my fun swimming activities until the stroke of thirty minutes later was no exception.  Somehow science or natural selection successfully debunked that silly 30-minute-no-swim-rule over the years since I’ve been a kid and I do feel vindicated!  Well, I felt vindicated until scuba diving during a food mishap this last Summer while on vacation with my family.

It was after the first of a two tank dive afternoon that my kids reminded me that we all needed to go eat some lunch or we might all expire from Bataan Death March type malnutrition.  Being on the water does make you hungry!  So, we all decided to try out the menu at Ramon’s dive center/hotel/restaurant which is on Ambergris Caye in Belize.  The menu there looked really good and the food turned out to be excellent!  We were so hungry that I ordered what seemed at the time to others seated at the table, dishes from every part of the menu.  -I consider myself to be a food snob and really, every item that we ordered was exceptional and impressive…  So, I ate what I considered to be my fair share of what was delivered to our food huddle, A LOT OF FOOD!  That turned out to be a DUMB DUMB DUMB idea to eat so much!

Right after lunch I paid the check and gathered my Salty Dogs dive group in order to muster for our next diventure, the second tank exploration of our two tank afternoon.  I felt like a whale I was so full.  Miserable full.  Instead of concentrating on the fun of the upcoming scuba dive, slipping into a full-on food coma was all that was on my mind.  Oh, another thing to tell is that I like spicy food.  I mean I like really really spicy food.  Thai Hot when it’s appropriate!  At that lunch it wasn’t a Thai Hot day, but it was locally Belize grown chili pepper day.  Habaneros get hot, don’t they???  I screwed myself royally with that lunch.  Me being a glutton purchased me the life-like feel of what a manatee must go through when pregnant and experiencing a severe case of HEARTBURN!  Trying not to burp and throw up repeat chili offenders into my reg at 65 feet on that second dive of the day, reminded me that eating right before swimming AND scuba diving, should be managed properly by smart mom types and not by Gore-Garth type ravenous neanderthals like myself!  Remember to watch what you eat and drink before each dive.  Like my mother told me many times before, don’t do as I do, do as I say!

Yesterday was my Mom’s birthday.  She’s not around anymore to read this so, I think it’s safe to put down on the Internet for all to see here…  My Mom really did know best.  Happy Birthday Mom.  We sure do miss you!




Belize Prophecy movie trailer

I’m currently cutting my teeth on video editing.  Here’s a very quick editing session (very hard to tell, right?) output that I created with my own hands…  along with the help of Apple iMovie’s easy movie creating wizard and a GoPro video camera.  I have a lot to learn about splicing video but, I can see how it could grow into an addiction.  Very satisfying to take raw video and sound and then make something cool of it all.

Many thanks to our support team, lead by Mr. Ernest Leslie – PADI Scuba Instructor and friend at Ramon’s Village dive center on Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Do you know what I like better than my first day of video editing?  Scuba diving!!!  There are some other things that I’ve enjoyed even more as well.  😉


So, go grab some microwave popcorn, some Twizzlers and a friend and click and enjoy the movie trailer below that did NOT take the Cannes Film Festival or the Sundance Film Festival by surprise…




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