A chaotic video posted to Facebook this week proves Outer Banks sharks are still dangerous even out of the water.
Charter boat Capt. Rick Caton learned that Tuesday, when he pulled a shark aboard his boat off Cape Hatteras, only to watch it instantly clamp down on his calf.
The video captures the moment vividly, showing the stoic Caton going from seasoned angler to screaming bite victim in a split second. “It got me, it got me,” he screams. “Get me a knife. Get me a knife.”
Four men are seen scrambling to help, and one quickly finds a knife. Caton then uses it to stab the flopping shark.
That distracted the predator just long enough to get his leg free. However, Caton is then heard screaming yet again, when a seasoned sailor aboard hands him a bottle of Clorox bleach to pour over the bleeding wound.
Photos on Facebook reveal Caton went to a clinic... with the wound wrapped in heavy duty Gorilla tape. Close ups of the wound show teeth marks, but no missing flesh.
Caton got seven stitches and was out on the water the next day, according to the Virginian-Pilot.
He did not say what type of shark bit him, but “Blacktip and Spinner Sharks were all over the area,” he told the web site Free Agent Sportfishing. Reporter Sam Walker with OBX Today news site says it was “five-foot-long blacktip.”
“I was pushing its head against the corner (of the boat) 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.”
In something of a reversal, Caton told the Charlotte Observer the shark was later “eaten.”
He appears to have kept his sense of humor about the bite, even sharing photos on Facebook of a coastal store that had a “Shark Week Special” on Clorox, advertising it as “excellent for cleaning Shark Bite wounds too!”