Hawaiian spear fisherman Braxton John Rocha was spearfishing off Upolu Point off the Big Island of Hawaii when he got attacked by an estimated 13-foot tiger shark. The shark left a deep gash in his thigh, but Rocha, of Mahukona, HI still managed to swim in to shore, where his dive buddy called 911.
A Big Island spear fisherman survives a tiger shark attack. Photo by Braxton Rocha/Instagram
He then, unbelievably posted a video to Instagram (which has since been removed) of him being loaded into the back of a pickup truck by his friends and talked into the camera, saying he just got attacked by a tiger shark while one his braddahs was telling him that he loved him. Rocha was flown by helicopter to a hospital for surgery. The tattoo around his neck explains a lot “Aina Guide, Aina Provide” or the land will guide you and provide for you. The wound is crazy deep and he survived the attack. A huge chunk of his left thigh is gone. If you have the stomach, the video is below.
We hope that Rocha has a speedy recovery and is out chasing Ulua once again.