A Hawaiian man did what anyone else would do after he was attacked by a tiger shark while spearfishing on Sunday: He uploaded a video of the aftermath to Instagram.
Braxton Rocha, a 27-year-old diver from Kapaau on Hawaii’s Big Island, was spearfishing roughly 60 yards off Upolu Point in North Kohala when authorities claim he was attacked by what is believed to have been a 13-foot tiger shark.
Following the attack, Rocha was able to swim to shore and alert his diving partner, who called emergency crews, which responded to the call at 3:52 p.m. local Hawaiian time Sunday.
While being transported to a local hospital for treatment, Rocha uploaded the video, and almost immediately felt the support of both the local Hawaiian community and the international surf community online:
[Warning some images may be graphic.]
— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) September 21, 2015
— Mark Cerff (@MarkSurfi) September 21, 2015
This is so heavy! Hope your operation goes well _braxton_john_ ! https://t.co/VQdnDYFV6D
— Mark Mathews (@markmathewssurf) September 21, 2015
Beaches were not closed following the attack because of its remote location, and authorities noted that the water where Braxton was attacked was extremely murky following flash flooding — conditions officials say heighten the chances of shark attacks.
Rocha was airlifted to a hospital for surgery. His condition is not immediately known.
[Editor’s note: The original version of this story included Braxton Rocha’s Instagram video, which has since been removed from his account.]
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