Swimmer catches shark with bare hands at Delaware beach, video shows

Who needs a fishing rod anyway?

A swimmer at Cape Henlopen State Park Beach in Delaware caught a shark with his bare hands over the weekend, FOX 5 reported.

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The anonymous swimmer was caught on camera displaying the shark before returning it to the water. In the state, it is illegal to fish for or harvest sharks. If caught, they must immediately be returned.

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In the video, the man is seen dragging the shark by the tail, and then grabbing firmly around the shark’s body before opening its mouth for those on the shore to see. A nearby viewer exclaimed, “Wow, that’s a big a-- shark!”

Others can be overheard excitedly reacting to the shark’s size.

It was not immediately clear what type of shark (not pictured) the hand-fisherman caught.

It was not immediately clear what type of shark (not pictured) the hand-fisherman caught. (iStock)

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The muscular man then releases it back down into the water. The video cuts off before showing whether the fisherman goes back to shore, or continues to try his luck in the water.

It was not immediately clear what type of shark the fisherman caught.

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According to the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, sandbar sharks, bull sharks, dusky sharks and sand tiger sharks are all prohibited species to catch and “must be immediately released to ensure maximum probability of survival.”