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Shark encounter at John Smith's Bay

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A close encounter between a local spearfisher and a shark, less than 200 metres from shore, has surfaced on the popular video sharing website YouTube.

The video, uploaded to YouTube on Sunday, shows the unidentified man, armed with a three-pronged spear designed specifically for hunting lionfish, poke the shark in the nose with his spear when it comes a little too close for comfort.

According to the uploader of the video, 'Rocketman 889', the encounter happened off John Smith's Bay between 7.15 and 8.15pm.

“We had to poke the shark with our spears a few times as he came to investigate us,” he said.

Two more videos have also surfaced showing sharks in local waters this summer.

A video, uploaded by spearfisher Joshua Giraud, depicts another encounter that apparently required the cameraman to use his spear to jab a shark after it got too close.

A second video uploaded on July 8 by Mr Giraud apparently shows another shark, though this time the cameraman manages to keep his distance.

Anecdotal reports from some spearfishing enthusiasts say that while there are always sharks in and around Bermuda's waters, there's been a noticeable increase in the number of sharks spotted within the reefs over recent months.

However, avid spearfisher Stuart Joblin said that he too had seen the videos but said he had not noticed an increased amount of sharks within the reef this summer.

“It is the ocean, and sharks live in the ocean,” said Mr Joblin.

“Maybe people are just noticing more, or more people are catching them on camera. That's my theory at least.”

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Published July 17, 2014 at 5:04 pm (Updated July 17, 2014 at 5:04 pm)

Shark encounter at John Smith's Bay

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