Trio tailed by shark near Har­bour Grace while fish­ing for cod

The Compass - - Sports - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­

A trio of Har­bour Grace res­i­dents out to catch some cod on a re­cent Sun­day morn­ing had an un­ex­pected guest tag­ging along.

Paul Short, Ray­mond Fa­hey and Mandy Verge were on a boat tak­ing part in New­found­land and Labrador’s an­nual recre­ational food fish­ery near their home com­mu­nity Sept. 3.

The shark come right up and grabbed the fish and the hook and went on — bust his line.

— Paul Short

“(Ray­mond) was haul­ing in a fish and he had a bit of trou­ble, so he sug­gested to me … I give him a hand,” Short re­called when speak­ing to the Com­pass last Tues­day. “As I went to give him a hand, I looked down and I’d seen the fish com­ing down al­right, and it was a big fish.”

As it turned out, some­one else had an eye for that big fish.

“The shark come right up and grabbed the fish and the hook and went on — bust his line,” said Short. “In the mean­time, my rod was fish­ing and I had (cod) on my hook, so I started reel­ing mine in, and (the shark) started fol­low­ing my fish. He came right up to the sur­face chas­ing my fish.”

Short, who is re­tired from Fish­eries and Oceans Canada and spent a lot of time work­ing with re­search sci­en­tists, never be­fore found him­self this close to a shark. He be­lieves it was a blue shark and ap­prox­i­mately eight feet long. It fol­lowed them for close to 45 min­utes.

“He con­tin­ued to fol­low my fish right up to the sur­face, and he kept on com­ing up and go­ing un­der the boat and go­ing around,” said Short. “Then he come right up … He looked up at me. He had the lure in his mouth. I couldn’t get it out of his mouth.”

The shark did not hit the 20foot speed­boat at any point, and the three of them still man­aged to haul in 15 fish that day, de­spite its pres­ence.


This blue shark fol­lowed a group of Har­bour Grace res­i­dents tak­ing part in the recre­ational cod fish­ery for ap­prox­i­mately 45 min­utes Sun­day morn­ing.


This blue shark man­aged to get Paul Short’s line caught in its mouth af­ter snatch­ing a cod­fish.


Paul Short es­ti­mates the shark was about eight feet long.

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