Who says sharks and surfers are natural enemies? Watch as a surfer rescues a great white shark pup stranded near Venice Pier after getting tangled on a fishing line.
The baby shark washed ashore near the Venice Pier, a popular fishing spot, over the weekend with a fish hook in its mouth.
Elisa Van Es, a bystander, caught the rescue on tape.
“A group of fisherman came running down and they’re holding the fishing rod . . . and all these people are like ‘Get out of the ocean!’ . . . it was like Jaws, panic ensues,” Van Es said.
During all the commotion, a Venice Beach man who goes by “Willy” showed up to help the injured shark, Van Es said.
“He didn’t say a word to anybody . . . and he just started digging to get the hook out of the shark’s mouth. I don’t know how he didn’t get bit, quite frankly. You could see the rows of teeth,” she said.
Willy and several surfers then dragged the shark back into the ocean.
After the rescue, Van Es said Willy disappeared as quickly as he came to the rescue.