Ragged-Tooth of Sand Tiger Shark
Ragged-Tooth of Sand Tiger Shark. Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons/Jessica On Paper.

DE MOND (SOUTH AFRICA)- An angler in the shallow waters at De Mond, outside Struisbaai, was bitten by a ragged-tooth shark, or sand tiger shark, which he caught in a fishing contest. He didn’t get away with catching the shark on the line. It bit him right when a wave knocked him over.

The fisherman was taking part in a tag-and-release angling competition on Saturday morning when he got bitten by the 1.5-metre ragged-tooth shark. He was in the process of measuring and releasing the shark in shallow surf when a wave knocked him over and the shark bit him.

The man was was airlifted to Bredasdorp and later transferred by ambulance to a private hospital in Hermanus where he is undergoing surgery to repair damaged tendons.