Hawaiian diver attacked by tiger shark, uploads video to Instagram

Braxton Rocha tiger shark attack in Hawaii
A Hawaiian diver has gained Internet attention after he posted an Instagram following a shark attack. Flickr user tobze

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.

RELATED: Searching for answers following seventh North Carolina shark attack

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.]

Wow… Hope this guy @_braxton_john_ is OK… #Hawaiiansuperman #tigershark #attack

A video posted by Jordy Smith (@jordysmith88) on

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.]

More from GrindTV

The essential guide to cold-weather surf gear

Training advice from a first-time Ironman racer

7 #vanlife Instagram accounts to inspire your next road trip

For access to exclusive gear videos, celebrity interviews, and more, subscribe on YouTube!