A pit bull named Darby proved he's a very good boy after rescuing his owner from a terrifying shark attack.
By, 21 Aug 2019
James White was fishing way offshore in Bodega Bay, USA, last month. It seemed like an average day for the seasoned fisherman; the sun was shining, and the fish were biting.
James meets his match
After another tug on his line, James got ready to reel in another catch. But he soon realised this wasn't your average fish. Whatever had attached itself to the line was pulling hard and James found himself in a real tug of war with the mystery creature.
James finally pulled his catch into the shallow water and couldn't quite believe his eyes - he'd managed to snag a 6-foot long Gill shark!
He tried to remove the hook from its mouth, but Sharkey didn't appreciate James's efforts and took a massive chunk out of his leg instead!
Speaking about the horror attack, James said:
"There was blood everywhere. The first bite punctured an artery. The pressure was intense."
White noticed some nearby fishermen and yelled for help, but a four-legged rescuer watching from the shore reacted first.
After catching a 6ft-long, 100 lb sevengill shark in Bodega Bay, James White ended up being the one caught. The shark sank its teeth into White's leg and wouldn't let go. Until, that is, Darby came to the rescue. #bayareaproud #goodboy @nbcbayarea https://t.co/GgiCBHik8Y pic.twitter.com/JiD8faxSSh— Garvin Thomas (@garvinthomas) August 16, 2019
Darby, who James had left in the car, somehow managed to open the door before running to save his favourite human.
The 12-month-old pit bull went in for the attack, but the shark dug its teeth deeper into James's leg. Darby backed off, reassessed the situation, and took a different (and perhaps lifesaving) approach.
The hero dog grabbed the finned assailant by the tail and dragged it off his owner.
James then managed to pick up the shark and throw it back into the water.
The very best of friends
Luckily, both man and dog escaped the encounter without any serious injuries, and the experience has brought them even closer together. James said:
"He's been a part of the family from day one. Just now a little more. If it wasn't for him I would have been a lot worse."
Well done, Darby! This guy deserves a very big box of doggy treats!