Group of young lads 'wrestle' shark in Coromandel
A group of young fishers have been praised by a beachgoer after they hauled in a bronze whaler shark to remove the hook from its mouth and release it.
Aucklander Simon List was "lucky" to be walking along the shore at Pauanui in the Coromandel on Wednesday afternoon when he spotted them.
"I was lucky to witness a gutsy bunch of lads doing what they enjoy but more importantly showing great respect for New Zealand's wildlife," List said.
He was curious to see the catch of the day, but almost missed it.
"I could see this guy got a couple of bites and he definitely had something on the line.
"We (my girlfriend and I) just stood there for about 10 minutes watching from afar.
"We almost walked off and all of a sudden the older guy with the rod gave the rod to a younger guy and he disappeared from view and all of a sudden this water started swishing up."
The pair ran over to have a closer look.
"There was this massive shark. The guy was sort of wrestling with it trying to get it to shore, that's when I turned the camera on.
"I was sort of freaking out. The main thing I couldn't believe was how cool and calm there were. They knew exactly what they were doing."
List said the youths were able to drag the shark onto the shore.
"One of them got the hook out of its mouth and then another quickly tagged it. Ten seconds later it was in the water and gone.
"It was just amazing. I was really blown away by how they did it."